Scientists want end to PNG land leases
By PNG correspondent Liam Fox
Updated Thu Apr 21,
A large group of scientists is calling on the Papua New Guinea government to stop granting controversial leases that already cover 10 per cent of the country.
Since 2004 private companies have been granted what is known as special agricultural and business leases that now cover more than 5 million hectares.
Criticism of the leases has been growing recently and the 1,200-member Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation wants the process stopped.
Professor Laurance says the leases are also being granted without the knowledge and consent of traditional landowners.