Caritas coordinators call for ban on experimental seabed mining

The National aka The Loggers Times | March 8, 2017

CARITAS coordinators of the 19 Catholic dioceses of PNG are calling on the Government to order an immediate ban on seabed mining after discussing its negative impact on coastal provinces.

The coordinators, who are part of the Catholic network for social and ecological justice and integral human development in rural communities, made this call following their 2017 annual Caritas Papua New Guinea forum 2017 in Madang last month.

According to a statement, the potential impacts of the proposed first “experimental seabed mining” in PNG waters was among agendas discussed.

The coordinators discovered that negative impacts greatly outweighed the anticipated benefits.

“We foresee that the coastal and island people whose daily lives are wholesomely dependent on the marine resources will be seriously deprived if the project goes ahead,” the cordinators stated

“Therefore, in solidarity with Alliance of Solwara Warriors, Bismarck Ramu Group and other concerned organisations, we are compelled to speak out on behalf of the affected silent majority in the rural coastal and island communities.

They urged Prime Minister Peter O’ Neill and Mining Minister Byron Chan to order an immediate ban and for the MPs of coastal provinces to also support their call.

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