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Legal opinion obtained on deep sea mining decree

A legal opinion by New Zealand lawyer Duncan Currie on a draft decree to legalise undersea mining has been obtained by PANG. The opinion addresses International Seabed Mineral Management Decree 2013 draft of 13 February 2013. It only addresses the text of the draft decree on its…

Communal Ownership of Land is the Peoples’ only safety-net

By Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance 02nd July 2014 On behalf of the Melanesian Indigenous Land Defense Alliance (MILDA), we are writing to provide a different view on a recent editorial (Pressure on Communal Ownership May 2014)promoting land registration for the Pacific. We wonder who authored…

Moves to abolish leases on PNG customary land cautiously welcomed

Radio Australia Updated 1 July 2014 Community organisations and experts on PNG affairs have welcomed the government’s announcement it would abolish the Special Agricultural Business Leases. The Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank in the United States, is one of several strong critics of…

PICs must ensure development comes before commitments

By Adam Wolfenden 01 July 2014 Pacific Island Countries have been urged to stand with the Solomon Islands and ensure that any commitments made in the global trade body only come into effect if the current round of negotiations are completed. Currently six Pacific Island…