$15 Billion Worth Of PNG Logs Are Sold To The US Annually

August 11,2017

 

Source: Post Courier Online

A recent article in the National Geographic magazine has put Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests at risk of being taken over by foreigners.

The report titled “Stained Trade” says that 12 percent of our land, that’s more than 8 million acres has been invaded by foreign investments through a 99-year land leasing scheme, rent free, with the government collecting royalties on exported logs.The biggest consumer of wood products is the United States with China selling almost $15 billion worth of PNG logs made into furniture, and home improvement items annually.

It’s a shame that unknowingly the  U.S may unwittingly be fueling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests simply by shopping at furniture stores.

A non-profit organization, ‘Global Witness’, has tracked the 9,000-mile journey of timber from the South Pacific nation, where illegal logging is rampant, through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S.

The report says companies are not doing enough to ensure the wood they’re selling is legal.

While the U.S. bans the import of illegal wood, China does not.

PNG is home to the world’s third largest tropical rain forest, with mountainous terrain and hundreds of islands, Papua New Guinea is considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

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