Save the World's remaining 'lungs' - help the indigenous communities & sustain rainforests

Save the World's remaining 'lungs' - help the indigenous communities & sustain rainforests

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In recent times, we have faced the tragedy of losing much of the world’s tropical rainforests. This has especially been seen in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia, including West Papua and Papua. 

In Papua New Guinea we have lost many of the great stands of tropical rainforest through the clear-felling type of logging which is going on at the moment. Over recent years we have seen this type of clear-felling associated with the SABLs (Special Agricultural Business Lease), where land was leased to overseas companies for 99 years in the hope that they would develop oil palm plantations.

The SABL is now banned and much of the land leased as a SABL has now been returned to the traditional owners. But still the timber is being taken out.

In some areas of clear-felling oil palms were planted and are now reaching the stage where oil palm oil can be produced. But now the owners face the situation where the oil palm market is over-supplied and many producers of oil palm oil will not take oil from plantations that have been planted on recently cleared primary rainforest.

33.6 million hectares of land in PNG is forest cover, 60% of which is indigenous tropical virgin rainforests, home of 8% of the world's biodiversity - this is 73% of the total land mass in PNG, three times bigger than the size of Japan.

Indigenous customary landowners (97% of the total land) have legal right over land use. 

This petition is to seek support for the community based initiative, Travel4Green (T4G) PNG, in seeking financial incentives to compensate the landowners to sustain the standing forests for the earth's lung and to plant new trees using blockchain technology.

To take part in the course with a moral obligation, contact us via email at: contact@t4gpng.org

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