west Pomio

Over K2bn in damages due to SABL: Pomio

The damages were assessed and compiled by seventeen communities who lost 42,400 hectares of customary land under the Pomata, Ralopal and Nakiura leases.

Representatives of the affected regions were at the report launching and shared details of the report.

The total assessment of damages was reported at 2 billion, 402 million, 362 thousand and 483 kina.

17 villages participated in carrying out the assessment and putting the report together with support from stakeholders, including ACT Now! PNG.

On Tuesday they converged to launch it.

West Pomio mediation conducted

The mediation was conducted by external accredited mediator, Craig Jones.

In a statement, the Archbishop of Rabaul, Francesco Panfilo, said this project is being undertaken by Gilford Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rimbunan Hijau.

The project area covers a large area of 55,400 hectares, broken into four blocks which are owned by 4 respective local landowner companies (LCO) as follows:

Customary landowner: SABL exploits human rights

Customary landowner Anna Sipona from Malmal Village in west Pomio said the SABL is a strange concept to the people of Pomio that promotes human rights abuse.

Representing the silent majority in the affected villages in west Pomio, Sipona said the SABL issue is not just about land and logging but about the human rights of women and children.

“Women and children are the biggest losers in this land grab and it is just another form of abuse.