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December 27, 2007

ALERT: Papua New Guinea's Woodlark Island Rainforests to Be Cleared for Oil Palm Agrofuels

Oil palm agrofules threatens the endemic Woodlark cuscusTAKE ACTION: The PNG government continues to approve rainforest destruction and diminishment even as they vocally seek to be paid with carbon market funds for their "protection". The oil palm biofuel industry -- the scourge of Asia and the world's rainforests -- is continuing to expand into Papua New Guinea (PNG). Malaysian company Vitroplant has been granted necessary permits by the PNG government to begin clearing 70% of the rainforests on biodiversity rich Woodlark Island, some 60,000 hectares, in order to establish a massive plantation of oil palm trees.

Expansion of oil palm plantations at the expense of primary rainforests runs contrary to PNG's government public support for preserving rainforests for climate and other benefits. An oil palm plantation on Woodlark Island will endanger the island’s flora and fauna, cause environmental upheaval, and result in drastic cultural change. The islanders of Woodlark have worked hard to draw international attention to this issue, and have issued an appeal for the support of international NGOs and citizens to pressure the government to withdraw the project. TAKE ACTION


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shocking all this..I have been blogging on Earthrace a biofuel fueled boat that claims to be green but is apparently sponsored by two companies involved with palm oil

http://another-green-world.blogspot.com/2007/12/earthrace-sink-biofuel-nightmare.html

The PNG government continues to approve rainforest destruction and diminishment even as they vocally seek to be paid with carbon market funds for their "protection". The oil palm biofuel industry -- the scourge of Asia and the world's rainforests -- is continuing to expand into Papua New Guinea (PNG). Malaysian company Vitroplant has been granted necessary permits by the PNG government to begin clearing 70% of the rainforests on biodiversity rich Woodlark Island, some 60,000 hectares, in order to establish a massive plantation of oil palm trees.

Expansion of oil palm plantations at the expense of primary rainforests runs contrary to PNG's government public support for preserving rainforests for climate and other benefits. An oil palm plantation on Woodlark Island will endanger the island’s flora and fauna, cause environmental upheaval, and result in drastic cultural change. The islanders of Woodlark have worked hard to draw international attention to this issue, and have issued an appeal for the support of international NGOs and citizens to pressure the government to withdraw the project!

If the human species is rapidly “growing” a global ecological debt, as we rampantly dissipate Earth’s limited resources faster than the planet can restore them for human benefit, does it not appear evident that some consideration and much open discussion could reasonably and sensibly focus on strategies for limiting the unbridled increase of per human over-consumption of natural resources?

I have been to Borneo and witnessed the devastation of oil palm plantations. I plan on returning to Indonesia and one of my strong considerations, either the next or following trip to the islands, is Papua New Guinea. I do hold responsible actions of governments paramount before making travel plans. If your country follows through with this plan it will be a huge detriment to your tourism economy.

An Abysmal Absence of Leadership at every level of governance?

If people are consuming resources unsustainably, perhaps doing less consuming will help. Voila!

Now, I ask you, where can we find leaders for these times, ones willing to speak out clearly, loudly and openly about the challenges posed to humanity by rapacious human over-consumption of the limited resources of Earth..... and then act accordingly?

Sincerely,

Steve

Steve Salmony
AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population

Our children and grandchildren will look back at how we managed the land and resources they will inherit. Will they praise us for our prudence, or condemn us for our selfishness and folly? Preserve PNG's rainforests, with their diversity of life, beauty, their capacity for air purification, and their abundance of renewable resources, which will be available for our descendants only if perpetually used wisely.

it is the economy not babies which is the real key problem, our stupid economic system (capitalism)only works if we produce, consume and throw away at ever increasing rates...this is impossible but changing the environment rather than the economic system is the mainstream response...

from open source to people on Woodlark island, commons systems based on careful sustainable use are possible..defending forests and forest people from enclosure should be our main goal.

There is an excellent account of how to run a green economy here

http://www.thecornerhouse.org.uk/item.shtml?x=52004