Collingwood Bay

Tribes aim to preserve Collingwood Bay

The communities are working with local conservation organisation, Partners with Melanesians, to have these lands protected by 2022.

Collingwood Bay since 1998 has gone through court battles for illegal logging activities.

The communities are now standing together to rid this practise by voluntarily putting up their land to be declared as a conservation or protected area.

The 9 tribes and conservation partner have less than 5 years of ground work to complete before the area can be declared as a conservation site by 2022.

Juffa calls for proper procedure into logging activities

The argument stemmed from a question without notice raised by Ijivitari MP, Richard Masere, asking Tomuriesa to clarify the logging issue in the area.

When responding to questions from Richard Masere, Forestry Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa, said the project had been given the ‘green light’ with due diligent but was interrupted by the Provincial member, Gary Juffa.

“We have followed due diligence to award the logging permit and proper documents.”