The government will be putting a stop to the issuance of all new logging licence.
Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim, who resigned as Defence Minister under the O’Neill led government, has been allocated the Forest Ministry.
His first task is to ensure new logging licences are only issued to landowner companies.
“New licence must be given to landowner companies. That is the challenge given to the forest minister and I make no apologies to anyone,” he said.