Armed police removed four Greenpeace activists from a timberon the of Papua New Guinea. This intrusion ended the protesters’ three-day strike against rainforest logging. The environmentalists harnessed themselves to the transporter ship’s crane for 55 straight hours on the Aiai River. They prevented the ship from loading logs bound for China.
The environmental group had been invited to the area by local landowners who were concerned about logging operations on their land.
Forests across the island of New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands make up a third of the world’s. Greenpeace claims that 90 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is illegal because many concession permits have been granted by the government without proper consultation with the landowners.
A quick halt and a review of all existing logging concessions is needed in New Guinea.
vehemently disagreed the Greenpeace claims. “As far as I’m concerned all the logging activities in Papua New Guinea have been legally sanctioned,” he said.