Eco-forestry in Papua New Guinea
The forest provides food, medicine, craft and building materials for the people of Papua New Guinea. Community ecoforestry enterprises have been in place across PNG for many years with varying degrees of success. With the support of local NGO partners communities have been able to put in place an alternative to industrial logging and SABLs (Special Agriculture Business Leases) and protect their forest for future generations. Pictures include the Awane Clan near Madang who have been producing ecotimber since 2004, and now own their portable sawmill. Also included are photos from the Tavolo FSC certiifed community forest management area in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It is a collective community effort and with only 2 or 3 trees felled per hectare and with no roads, the environmental impact is very low.