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Thursday, 12 July


Decolonizing conservation: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

KUCHING, Malaysia In 1993, fisheries scientist John Aini founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guineas New Ireland province to help his community and others nearby reverse declines in the marine life they depend upon. The organization helps communities around the provinces islands develop marine resource management plans that are based on local customs and designed to sustainably improve their livelihoods. Aini grew up in New Ireland and is a traditional leader of the Malagan culture in the provinces northern region. He has received numerous international awards, including the Seacology Prize in 2012, for his work in marine and fisheries conservation. The Roviana Solwara Skul, or Saltwater School, is a key project that Ailan Awareness established in 2010 to teach local people about the marine environment, emphasizing both traditional knowledge and Western science. Aini co-founded the school with his brother, Miller Aini, and frequent collaborator Paige West, an anthropologist at Columbia University. Aini believes equal partnerships between indigenous people and researchers in both designing and implementing projects lead to better conservation results in local communities than do projects heavily controlled by foreign practitioners. He gave a plenary talk titled Communities Matter: Decolonizing conservation management on June 26 at the International Marine Conservation Congress, held in Kuching, Malaysia. Mongabay caught up with Aini after the talk. John Aini. Image by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay. Mongabay: Your speech highlighted this idea of decolonizing conservation. Can you explain what exactly that means? John Aini: Historically, we were colonized. All the ideas about


Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ditch Ocean Dumping Campaign applauds broad prohibition to protect oceans, rivers and other water bodies

Earthworks | 10 July 2018

Standard Chartered has  announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed that it will no longer finance submarine mine waste disposal.

We have long held the view that marine or riverine tailings disposal is not good industry practice, and we are proud to add it to our prohibited activities list, said Amit Puri, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered.

We applaud Standard Chartered for takin...



breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners

Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018

Although the Porgera Joint Venture has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease, a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous lease.

On 13th December 2013, the Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings by the State.

The posit...


Fly in, fly out practice supported "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | July 11, 2018

THE fly-in-fly-out (Fifo) arrangement for mining and petroleum projects allows economic benefits to be spread across the country, according to the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

This was one of several reasons given in a statement to The National from the chamber in response to concerns raised by the PNG Resource Owners Federation last week.

The federations concerns were based on how project areas were losing out on economic benefits due to this and called on the government to put a stop to it.

Papua New Guineans make up around 95 per cent of the workforce in mature mining and petroleum operations in PNG, the chamber said.

They are employed from the preferred area local communities and the host province, as well as from other parts of PNG.

This Fifo employment model for the resource industry provides the best balance of shared benefits to communities right across PNG.

Many of the employees from other parts of the country prefer...

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Wednesday, 11 July


Deadly EF-2 tornado rips through Prairie View RV Park in Watford City, North Dakota "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Significant severe thunderstorms hit northwest and parts of central North Dakota late Monday, July 9 into Tuesday, July 10, 2018, producing an EF-2 tornado that ripped through the Prairie View RV Park in Watford City, McKenzie County. The storm was accompanied by...... Read more


FFP 2018 Jayapura: Submission Deadline Extended Till July 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Papuan Voices Community has extended the deadline for the submission of films for the second independent Film Festival Festival Films Papua (FFP-II) to be held this year in Jayapura the provincial capital of Papua, Indonesia. The last date for submission will now be July 14, 2018. Please submit your films for the FFP-II.

The scheduled date of the Festival is 7 9 August 2018 and the theme will be indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization.

See you at FFP II in Jayapura!


The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future



6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 


This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...


Owners Of Extractive Companies To Be Identified "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post courier | 10 July 2018

Work is underway to identify beneficial owners of extractive companies operating in Papua New Guinea, says the PNGEITI multi stakeholder group (MSG).

The PNGEITI is cooperating with an international auditing firm KPMG as the implementation manager to execute a beneficial owners (BO) roadmap.

The roadmap is aimed at establishing a reporting matrix to feature beneficial owners in PNGEITI reports starting 2020- as required by the EITI International.

A beneficial owner in respect of a company means the natural person or persons who directly or indirectly owns or controls a corporate entity. A beneficial owner ultimately profits from the companys activities, or controls the companys activities. It is never a company, other legal entity, or a nominee or proxy, says PNGEITI.

By 2020 companies applying for or holding a participatory interest in an exploration or production of an oil, gas or mining licence or contract in an EITI country must report the details of the beneficial owner (persons who own, control or substantially benefit from these...


Minister has his mind on forum to discuss Wafi-Golpu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | 10 July 2018

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke will open a forum in Morobe tomorrow to discuss the Wafi-Golpu Project.
Concerned parties were expected to share views and ideas to push the project forward since the formal application by Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture Partners was initiated last year.

I am prepared to recommend to the Head of State (Governor-General) to grant the development licence once the State is satisfied with all relevant and necessary steps taken to comfortably and confidently convince the national Government, Tuke said.

I am informed the State is currently putting together a set of conditions for the development licence.

He said that from the Governments standpoint, the benefits streams it normally offered to the province, including project area landowners and local level governments, were governed by laws, policies and practices.

Tuke said some benefit streams like equity participation, for instance,...


Alluvial gold exports expect K410 million for country "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | July 11, 2018

Alluvial gold exports are expected to generate K410 million for the country this year, Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) predicts.

The forecast for this year, subject to steady production and commodity prices, is 97,000 ounces compared to 93,080oz in 2017.

Alluvial gold exports through licensed gold exporters, regulated by the Bank of PNG, totaled K365 million last year.

Top three licensed gold export companies were Italpreziosi SPL, Golden Valley Enterprises and Gold Exports Ltd.

Small-scale mining branch of MRA has now certied 4583 alluvial miners through its training programmes since 2009. Last year, 420 were certied, with 337 certicates issued for level 1 training.

With the exception of tenement information, MRA holds no reliable data on the number of people participating in the alluvial sector in PNG.

This is especially given the rural and remote locations of many of these community-based, n...


Pacific experts press for sustainable deep-sea mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

SPC has yet to explain how these giant machines be used sustainably

SPC | Scoop NZ | 9 July 2018

Pacific Island Countries and Territories have committed to long-term sustainable management of Deep-Sea Minerals (DSM) and ocean governance through the refinement of a draft regional agreement in Fiji.

The Agreement establishes cooperation among Pacific Island countries and territories to support responsible deep-sea mineral management across the region. This is work led by the Pacific Community (SPC) through the development of critical legislative frameworks and support to countries to ensure effective & sustainable evidence based approaches to the use of these resources.

Dr Andrew Jones, Director of SPCs Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division (GEM) said many PICTs have great potential to access deep-sea minerals but he highlighted the need to ensure this is done sustainably

DSM exploration is already happening in the region and this agreement will ensure countries are effectively legislated and protected whilst ensuring sustai...

Monday, 09 July


Tropical Storm "Chris" to become a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina, US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Tropical Storm "Chris" formed July 8, 2018, off the coast of Carolinas, US as the 3rd named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Further strengthening is expected while it meanders off the coast of the Carolinas. At 9:00 UTC (05:00 EDT) on July 9,...... Read more

Better and better: Thermal cameras turn up the heat on poachers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nearly 2 million animals, mostly wildebeest and zebra, migrate roughly 800 kilometers (500 miles) each year between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve across the border in Kenya. Their joint search for fresh green grass is an ecological phenomenon and a major tourist attraction in both countries. A few of the participants in the annual Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay But along with tourists, this profusion of animals also attracts bushmeat poachers. Each year, poachers from the western edge of the Serengeti follow the herd into Kenya. Along the way, they kill between 40,000 and 100,000 wildebeest, zebra and other grazers each year, according to Brian Heath, CEO of the Mara Conservancy. The conservancy manages a portion of the Maasai Mara reserve called the Mara Triangle, perhaps best known for the annual crossing by the wildebeest of the crocodile-laden Mara River. Heath spoke with Mongabay-Wildtech about security, his biggest conservation challenge there, as well as his teams use of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging sensors in their ongoing effort to keep poaching of the famous migrating wildebeest and other wildlife at bay. Poachers typically kill the animals by setting wire snares, made from steel stripped from old tires. Theres a whole business doing this, Heath said, referring to local production of the many thousands of snares used illegally within the two reserves. Last year we collected 7,000 snares [in the Mara Triangle], the year before was the same. A wire snare formed from the


Lion Shaped Mountain: Madman at the Zoo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

What if our conventional understandings about chimpanzee behavior are inaccurate?


Basamuk People Threaten To Shut Down Ramu Mine Refinery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

View of the Ramu Nickel mine refinery. Image by Christopher McLeod/Sacred Land Film Project.

Jayne Safihao | Post Courier | 6 July 2018

While deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel and a large team of government officers arrived yesterday in Madang for the much anticipated royalty payment to those affected in the Ramu Nico project, neglected Basamuk landowners have threatened to shut down the Basamuk refinery on Monday.

The threat was issued to the Ramu Nico management yesterday by executives of the Basamuk Landowners Association, in what was a strained meeting.

Spokesman and activist in the fight against having the deep sea tailings placement in Basamuk, Sama Mellombo, spoke strongly against the Mining Resource Authority (MRA), saying it had no legitimate powers to negotiate royalty payments.

He said that the Lands Department made an Improvement Inspection Report in 1999 which stated that the land should be forfeited and given back to customary landowners to improve.

Mr Mellombo sa...


Sir Mel and BCL have no Balls! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PARK Social Soccer Co. would like an apology from Mel Togolo and Bougainville Copper Limited

Bougainville charity donations valour stolen by Sir Mel Togolo and Bougainville Copper Limited in front of 100s of school children.

It was widely reported in the PNG Press that BCL gave 40 soccer balls to school children in Arawa during the recent visit last Friday by the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister as part of the visit. 

Sir Mel further went on after handing the balls over to the kids.

BCL chairman Mel Togolo said the company had a proud tradition of providing community support in Bougainville and it was keen for this to continue.

We are a company that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Bougainvilleans, he said.

In things like health, education, sport or other important community activities and cultural events we are very pleased to be able to lend a hand.



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