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PNG’s Somare petitioned by activists

Source:  Copyright 2008, Pacnews
Date:  January 14, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Activists from all over the world have petitioned Papua New Guinea not to grant a license to Vitroplant to clear Woodlark Island’s rainforests for oil palm plantations, Post Courier reports.

A letter officially written to prime minister, Sir Michael Somare has been circulated from countries in Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Asian countries and the Pacific including Papua New Guinea.

This letter has been copied to the PNG embassies, the department of agriculture and livestock, Investment Promotion Authority, Office of Information and Communication and Department of Treasury.

The letter reads: “I am writing to protest your Government’s granting of a license to Vitroplant to clear Woodlark Island’s rainforests for oil palm plantations.

“This will turn a biodiverse, carbon rich paradise into a big lifeless monoculture and environmental disaster. Please ensure this project’s approval is ...

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