A question of ownership

Wood, Michael (2004) A question of ownership. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 26 (3). pp. 245-248.

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[Extract] On February 4, 1999, the Forestry Board of Papua New Guinea passed a resolution making the Kamula Doso Forest Management Area an extension of the adjacent Wawoi Guavi logging operation. At issue were some 780,000 hectares in one of largest undisturbed rainforests in this part of the world. The decision effectively gave the operators of Wawoi Guavi a gift of timber worth around US$800 million. In making the decision the Forestry Board preempted any procedural requirements that Kamula Doso should be put to competitive tender, and left landowners with ambiguous claims to ownership of their timber. As a result of Papua New Guinea’s style of decision-making concerning the allocation of timber resources, the timber that was previously clearly owned by the landowners is now also subject to an array of claims by the state, loggers, non-governmental organizations, and international agencies. In this process, the original owners’ control of the resource is redefined and often diminished, as is their ability to ensure accountability and transparency in the decisions concerning the resource.

Item ID: 913
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1944-7760
Keywords: logging, PNG, policy ownership
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8299 Other Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 829999 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 51%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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