Couple weeks ago I went to a public lecture given by the award winning author Prof. Jared Diamond. His award winning book “Germs, Guns and Steel” was mostly derived from his research in PNG. The lecture was titled “Business & the environment”, or something to that effect. The main issue he was promoting I think was that you can conduct businesses, in particular mining and petroleum industries, with minimal impact on the environment.
He was asked by Oill Searh Limited to conduct some studies on different species of birds that are found where Oil Search is operating to determine if their operations has had any impact on these bird species. Professor Diamond was actually engaged by WWF to conduct the studies. The used the birds as an indicator to determine how much environmental damage had been done by Oil Search Limited.
I was more interested in logging in PNG but unfortunately Professor Diamond had very examples of sustainable logging in PNG. All the talk was on Oil Search. I guess it’s a promotion for Oil Search and a showcase for Oil Search Investors that Oil Search is an environmentally friendly company. I wish the same could be said for other mining companies in PNG.
I was fortunate enough to be the last person to ask him a question…Thank you Misus Kamit for choosing me. My question was, “What is your definition of sustainable logging? And have you seen any in PNG?. Professor Diamond answered the first part – He gave 10 criterias that are used to define sustainable logging. I forgot all of them but will Google “sustainable logging, definition” and see if I come up with the 10 criterias that Professor Diamond gave. The second part of my question was not answered. I guess time ran out or simple because there is no sustainable logging in PNG at present..LOL! And I got Professor Diamond’s autograph.