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Flannery in-depth on PNG's logging boom

Source:  Copyright 2012, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date:  February 6, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE
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Late last week, Radio Australia revealed new figures which showed forest clearance on controversial land leases in PNG has pushed that country's log exports to record levels.

In 2011, PNG exported 3.5 million cubic metres of logs - making PNG the 2nd largest exporter of tropical hardwood logs in the world.

The Swiss testing and verification company SGS says it was logging on Special Agricultural and Business leases that pushed exports into record territory.

Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery, warned this kind of logging has great dangers for the people and the environment in PNG.

Presenter: Pacific Business and Economic reporter, Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Australia's Chief Climate Commissioner, Professor Tim Flannery

GARRETT: PNG has just had a record year for log exports and it is now the second biggest exporter of tropical hardwood logs in the world - what is your ...

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