BY ILYA GRIDNEFF
AAP – GREENPEACE HAS presented the PNG government with a Golden Chainsaw award for being “greedy rather than green” when it comes to tackling climate change.
Greenpeace gave the award to PNG representative Federica Bietta during climate change talks in Nagoya, Japan, on Monday.
Greenpeace said it chose PNG for the dubious honour for continued corruption in the forestry sector, stalling UN talks on reducing climate change, disregard for indigenous people’s rights and rampant deforestation.
At the conference, Greenpeace released a 16-page report outlining its concerns that PNG is not ready for the complex UN plan known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), which seeks to abate climate change through a series of donor funded schemes with forested nations such as PNG.
Greenpeace has criticised PNG for being more interested in donor money than seriously tackling climate change.
“The PNG government is hungry for international funding from REDD but has no plans to stop destroying its own rainforest or reduce its own emissions,” Greenpeace forest campaigner Sam Moko said.
Mr Moko, who is in Nagoya for the latest climate talks, said the PNG government could not be trusted to stop cutting down trees.
“How can the government be expected to enforce a sophisticated REDD program, which requires thorough monitoring of emissions from reduced deforestation, when it can not keep its own forestry sector under control?” he asked.
Earlier this month, AAP reported that PNG’s prime minister and deputy prime minister were at odds with each other over controversial carbon trade schemes that have plagued their country with scandal.
PNG, with its massive forest coverage, has been at the forefront of the REDD debate but the country has been plagued by numerous corruption allegations.
Previous winners of Greenpeace’s Golden Chainsaw include Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau and numerous logging companies in Brazil’s Amazon forest and the Congo.