Community Confusion and Despair
The Special Agricultural Business Lease [SABL] process has created confusion and despair across Papua New Guinea. In theory, before any SABL agreements, contracts, or similar, there shall be a documented phase of general awareness-raising, and landowner identification. This phase is referred to as Free Prior Informed Consent.
However, this agreement stage was absent in the majority of the SABLs, which lead to division and inter-clan violence in once close communities. Canopy Watch discusses the state of New Hanover politicized culture at its workshop. It is clear that in a post-SABL Papua New Guinea, the island of New Hanover is scarred and still suffering the impact of the industrialized logging industry.