Times and transitional relief in negotiating permits in a PNG logging concession, 1992-2012

Wood, Michael (2014) Times and transitional relief in negotiating permits in a PNG logging concession, 1992-2012. Pacific Studies, 37 (1). pp. 1-28.

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Abstract

This paper is a case study of three permit renewals of the Wawoi Guavi logging concession in the Western Province of PNG. These permit renewals involved a specific conjunction of temporal practices that centered on the transitional provisions of PNG's Forestry Act (1991). The transitional arrangements provided a way to ""save"" permits that pre-existed the 1991 Act and gave logging companies exemptions from the full application of that Act. I argue that the continual operation of various transitional provisions over the last twenty years has been a major public policy failure. As this case study outlines, these provisions have facilitated the production of potential illegalities in the permit renewal process and have helped to restrict the rights and powers of the original resource owners.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0275-3596
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 02:38
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development @ 100%
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