Illegal Logging In PNG Being Monitored By Satellite System

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Forest Minister calls problem ‘a thing of the past’

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 22, 2015) – Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa says any illegal logging operation in the country can be monitored by a satellite system in Port Moresby.

The system was set up by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

He said illegal logging operation was "a thing of the past", and for too long, many countries viewed PNG as a place where a lot of illegal logging was taking place.

"I for one used to think so from outside. But I’m here and I have realised that our National Forest Authority officers have worked hard to combat illegal logging operations," he said.

Tomuriesa said the country generated about K900 million from exporting 3.8 million cubic metres of logs in 2014 "through genuine logging operations".

"PNG has become the biggest tropical log exporter in the world in the past two years."

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