Strategies for scaling-up eco-forestry operations in Papua New Guinea

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Strategies for scaling-up eco-forestry operations in Papua New Guinea



Papua New Guinea (PNG) has one of the largest remaining continuous areas of tropical forest in the world. There are approximately 29 million hectares of forest with 97 percent of the forest held under customary land ownership by Indigenous clan groups. Eco-forestry is a method of forest management described as an ecologically sustainable and economically viable alternative to conventional logging. In PNG, eco-forestry as a forest management model has been linked to the use of portable sawmills with management being primarily facilitated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the past. This study utilizes a literature review, interviews of former NGO employees, a financial analysis of previous eco-forestry operations in PNG, and economic modelling of alternative management activities and forest management policies to identify opportunities to scale-up existing eco-forestry operations and improve financial returns to the Indigenous customary landowners.

Expected outcomes

  • Identification of forest management strategies that have been attempted previously in PNG and an assessment on the effectiveness of these approaches.
  • Recommendations for forest policy amendments to improve the financial returns that Indigenous landowners received from timber harvests occurring on their land.
  • Identification of forest management strategies that are more likely to achieve financial sustainability that strategies that have been attempted in PNG previously.


Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)


A$163,884 (3 years)


For further information about the project or to access resources, reports and/or publications please contact:

Micah Scudder
PhD candidate

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