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Papua New Guinea - 'eco hero' to 'eco zero'

Source:  Copyright 2008, Telegraph
Date:  January 9, 2008
Byline:  Charles Clover
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Papua New Guinea has been accused of going from "eco hero" at Bali to "eco zero" by allowing the felling of a large area of rainforest on a remote island for a palm oil plantation.

The accusation came as satellite images showed that 12 per cent of the forest in part of Papua New Guinea, known as one of the world's wildlife hotspots, was felled between 1989 and 2000.

The felling of forest on the island of New Britain badly affected 21 bird species, including 16 found nowhere else in the world such as the slaty-mantled sparrowhawk, New Britain bronzewing and black honey-buzzard, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Papua New Guinea won applause from delegates of more than 180 countries at the climate talks in Bali when its Harvard-educated delegate, Kevin Conrad, told the United States: "If you are not willing to lead, then get out of the way."

Mr Conrad was a ...

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