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Expert speaks out on impact of logging in PNG

Source:  Copyright 2012, Radio Australia
Date:  February 5, 2012
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One of the world's leading tropical biologists says clear felling of forests on Papua New Guinea's controversial Special Agricultural and Business leases is likely to have profound impact on PNG's environment.

As you heard earlier in the program, logging on SABLs has pushed PNG's log exports into record territory.

In 2011, 650,000 cubic metres of logs were exported from SABLs.

A prominent scientist in tropical biology says the environmental impact of this sort of logging is very significant.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett, Pacific Economic and Business reporter

Speaker: William Laurance, a former Australian Laureate and Senior Scientist with the Smithsonian Institution, currently Distinguished Research Professor in Tropical Biology at James Cook University

LAURANCE: There is a huge area of Papua New Guinea which has now been set aside for these SABLs. It's about 5.5 million hectares, about 11% of the ...

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