Community Confusion and Despair

Community Confusion and Despair

The SABL process has created confusion and despair. The communities have not participated or been consulted in the process. In the wake of the policy, there has been inter clan violence as once close communities become divided.

Canopy Watch discusses the state of New Hanover politicized culture at its work shop. It is clear that even in a post SABL Papua New Guinea New Hanover is scarred and still at the mercy of the industrialized logging industry.

SABL's Impact on Livelihoods

SABL's Impact on Livelihoods

Traditionally livelihoods have been sustainably interlinked with the forests and the reefs on New Hanover for over four thousand years. The Island has now been rapidly stripped of its resources the impact of the unconsidered forest communities who have inhabited, and customarily owner the Special Agricultural Business Leased areas are driven into poverty.

The Canopy Watch Listens to Monica's Voice on life in New Hanover before and after the SABL Policy.

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Min River Expedition

Min River Expedition

In 2016 Canopy Watch made an expedition in New Hanover to asset the impact of the logging there. The intention was to follow the logging roads into Central New Hanover's SABL that we visited in 2012.

However, the political situation on the Island had changed we could only access Central New Hanover via the Min River. Here we investigated the Impact of Logging and assessed the extent of the promised agricultural development that had taken place.