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Tuesday, 17 July

21:38

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil reinstates Nestls membership CHANGING TIMES

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has readmitted the worlds largest food and beverage company, Nestl, whose membership it suspended last month over breaches of the RSPOs statutes and code of conduct.

The reinstatement followed Nestls submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2023.

Nestl, which has its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, has more than 2,000 brands, including KitKat, Nescaf, Maggi, and Perrier sparkling water, and is present in 189 countries around the world.

The companys other brands include Purina pet foods, S.Pellegrino, Milo, and Carnation milk. The company produces Nesquik and numerous breakfast cereals, including Cheerios and Shreddies.

The suspension of Nestls RSPO membership resulted in the suspension of RSPO certification at all its facilities and subsidiaries.

The company no longer had the right to state that it uses Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

The companys certification status has now also been reinstated.

Nestl was in breach of the RSPO statutes and code of conduct because it had not submitted the required Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) report for 2016, and, for 2017, it submitted the ACOP report without a time-bound plan.

Its membership payment was also overdue.

The companys re...

12:08

Exxons Papua New Guinea Gas Project Is Dead In The Water Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Tim Daiss | Oilprice | 16 July 2018

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets mature, trying to establish itself against decades of crude oil dominance, developments far removed from most of the action are taking unusual turns that could in time impact the entire LNG value chain.

Until recently, tiny Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the envy of the worlds LNG producers. Not only did its PNG LNG export project come online without much delay but it also avoided the quandary, affecting nearby Australia whose LNG development has been marred by budget over runs running into the billions, continual project start delays and industry troubling feuds between worker groups and project developers.

PNG LNG project loses its shine

The ExxonMobil-led $19 billion PNG project came online in mid-2014 and started shipping LNG to markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 72 percent of all global LNG demand. By 2017, the project was producing some 8.3 million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

By last year, ExxonMobils PNG p...

11:40

Protecting PNGs oceans: Q&A with marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KUCHING, Malaysia For generations, the people of Papua New Guineas northeasternmostprovince, New Ireland, have depended on the regions rich marine resources for their livelihoods. Like the rest of the country, all of New Irelands land and water territory is held in customary tenure by indigenous peoples, who make up much of the archipelagic provinces current population of 195,000. New Irelands marine and terrestrial systems have faced numerous threats over the past 138 years, said John Aini, an indigenous fisheries scientist and marine advocate from the province who founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness. Aini was delivering a keynote speech at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, on June 26. Aini said the threats to the province emerged in the 1880s, when German colonists arrived and began to establish coconut plantations, stole control of the land from the local communities, and forced people to move from the high mountains in the center of New Ireland to the coasts. He said the destruction of the provinces forests through logging began in the 1980s, large-scale mining and oil palm plantations in the 1990s, and that illegal fishing by fleets from across Asia had been going on for a century. These are just a few of the operations that have harmed the provinces marine ecosystem, Aini said. The natural environment and indigenous peoples in New Ireland are now also contending with modern threats, including the governments land-licensing program known as Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL). These allow communities to sign over

10:09

Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.

09:22

Morobe government eyeing 20pc stake in Wafi-Golpu mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 16 July 2018

THE Morobe government wants an equity of no less than 20 per cent in the Wafi-Golpu Mine.

Governor Ginson Saonu made this known last Wednesday during a two-day stakeholder forum in Lae regarding development of the proposed mine.

He said the Morobe government wanted to be an active partner in mine development.

Apart from the legislated 2 per cent royalties, my government and people need better and attractive incentives in the form of equity, Saonu said.

We have made our position clear and have requested the National Government to acquire extra equity on top of the 5 per cent free carry.

We are prepared to assist the Government to acquire this equity ourselves. We expect no less than 20 per cent equity in the project.

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09:03

Basil wants Wafi-Gulpu not to repeat Hidden Valley mistakes Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Are they [Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining] willing to admit the mistakes they have done up at Hidden Valley? Minister Sam Basil

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 13 July 2018

BULOLO MP Sam Basil says he does not want to see a repeat of problems faced by landowners of the Hidden Valley Mine to happen at Wafi-Golpu.

The Mineral Resources Authority, however, countered that the fault was with the landowners themselves.

Basil was speaking yesterday during the second day of the Wafi-Golpu Project Development Forum in Lae.

Basil, whose district hosts Hidden Valley Mine, said despite the mine operating for a number of years, living standards of the mine-area landowners had not improved.

He said the Biangai and the Watut people, traditional landowners of Hidden Valley, had not seen any tangible developments and benefits from the mine.
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08:37

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea IUCN report Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Our current understanding of the deep sea does not allow us to effectively protect marine life from mining operations

Stringent p...

01:50

Soy giant Louis Dreyfus pledges deforestation-free supply chain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) grain and oilseeds processing facility and warehouse in Brazil. LDC has just made a sweeping commitment to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain in Brazil and across South America. Image courtesy of the Louis Dreyfus Company. This month, Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), one of the worlds largest commodity traders, became the first major soy company to announce a well-articulated policy to eliminate the destruction of native ecosystems and endangered wildlife from its soy supply chain. The policy, coupled with LDCs sustainable track record to date, appears to show a genuine commitment to tackling dangerously high levels of deforestation taking place across Brazil and wider Latin America. As a leader in agribusiness, LDC has a key role to play in addressing the [deforestation] challenge, said Gonzalo Ramrez Martiarena, the companys CEO. LDCs new policy applies not only to the Amazon rainforest, but also the vast Brazilian savannah known as the Cerrado, a biome that spans 1.2 million square miles (310 million hectares). The region has garnered global attention from environmentalists because commodities companies that had promised to reduce Amazon deforestation after 2006, simply shifted their focus to Cerrado soy production, leading to widespread destruction of native vegetation in the biome, as soy growers aggressively expand their crops. Large-scale soy production is rapidly displacing native vegetation in Brazils Cerrado. Image by Flavia Milhorance Soy has become a ubiquitous ingredient in consumer products. And with global demand exploding, agribusiness has rushed to meet the demand, creating a major

Monday, 16 July

09:29

Fly-In-Fly-Out Causing Economic Loss Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Post Courier | July 15, 2018

The PNG Resource Owners Federation has countered assertions made by the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum that the fly-in-fly-out employee commuter-based system employed by mining and petroleum projects in PNG is economically balanced, compared to the alternative of living on site.

According to the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, FIFO provides the best balance of shared benefits to communities throughout PNG, not confined to host rural communities.

However, the PNG Resource Owners Federation maintains that it denies host rural communities of much need social and economic benefits.

Citing a 1997 study conducted by National Research Institute (NRI) on the economic impact of the FIFO of expatriate staff of one mining project in PNG, Federation president Jonathan Paraia said using the national income accounting equation, it is estimated that on average, the annual loss of national income is between K5.2 million and K13 million.

And considering the multiplier effect, the annual loss must be approximately K11 million and K29 million.

Mr Par...

08:56

PLANNED MINE PIPELINE THROUGH LAE UNDER ATTACK Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Minister Tuke welcomed these concerns and promised to have responsible agencies address them in the right processes, however  he called to have the mine agreement formalized before the November APEC meeting, a time frame which seems unreal given the outstanding issues of identifying other affected landowner groups and addressing their concerns

Gabriel Lahoc | NBC News | 12 July 2018

The planned Wafi-Golpu mine pipeline, which will run out from the mine site from the borders of Bulolo and Huon Gulf districts, across the Markham river and ending in the industrial hub of Lae, has come under attack.

Leaders from the Ahi tribe, notably from Butibam village, and the Wafi-Golpu Mine Area Landowners Association, surprised the organisers and the guests when they interjected at the closing of the Wafi-Golpu mine project development forum yesterday at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae.

Chairman of the Wafi-Golpu Mine Area Landowners Association, Holmes Kissing, faced the guests, which included Mining Minister Johnson Tuke Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Communications and Energy Minister and Bulolo MP Sam Basil, Huon Gulf MP Ross Seymour, Me...

08:24

Te Atiawa and Taranaki Iwi fundamentally opposed to seabed mining activity Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

In addition to endangered Mui dolphins, other marine mammals, including fur seals, common dolphins, and orcas (killer whales) can be found in the Marine Park boundaries.

Te Atiawi iwi | 13 July 2018

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and Te Khui o Taranaki Trust are fundamentally opposed to seabed mining activities within their tribal rohe.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and Te Khui o Taranaki Trust were notified of the exploration permit application by Ironsands Offshore Mining Ltd in 2016 and each iwi made a submission opposing the application back in September 2016.

Both Iwi organisations were informed of the granting of the permit on 8 June 2018, a month after the permit had been granted by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals on 8 May 2018.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust Chairperson Liana Poutu is concerned that the permit area includes a Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

The permit has been granted inside a Marine Mammal Sanctuary which is administered and managed by the Department...

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