Gaden’s Lawyers Port Moresby have just engaged Curtis NRA to assess the environmental damage, and to quantify the economic loss of resources owned by the customary landowners around Kikori, in the Gulf and Southern Highland provinces, due to sustained illegal logging by Malaysian Giant, Rimbunan Hijau (RH). Corruption and bribery was also high on the agenda, as the PNG Constabulary were used to suppress the customary landowner’s objections to the ilegal logging of their land, resulting in many injuries to young men and boys. Keep watching for more updates on this matter. Damage is estimated to be in the vicinity of PNG Kina 70 million.
A hearing before the National Court of Papua New Guinea is pending. Clearly the Kiunga-Aimbak judgement in the Western Province will be used as a legal precedent.