Making the Karawari Caves part of SDP Conservation Policy: Thank you Kenn Mondiai
Honourable Powes Parkop . Governor of NCD,
My Governor and my Party Leader,
FYI .Attached below is a copy of the SDP Party Policies and I have extracted the ENVIRONMENT Section.
We have included Managalas plateau for Conservation and last year (2012) in November, the people of Managalas plateau led by their Governor Hon. Gary Juffa submitted the Managalas Conservation Area Application to the Minister for Environment and Conservation Hon. John Pundari. The application was well received by the Minister and it was broadcast nationally and international on FM100 on the 8th of November at the National Parliament State Function room.
It has gone through the 90 days public notice process and so far, as advised by DEC, there is only one letter of objection. And that was made by the Oro Deputy Governor and President of Afore LLG Mr. Douglas Garawa (a Managalas man) . I believe he has sold his heart and maybe his arse to the Miners - Goldminex, without the greater interest of his people and the concern for the environment and the future. Anyway I was bashed up very badly on the March 26th 2013 at Afore When I was giving a public talk on the benefits of Conservation and the process at the request of the people of Afore. I was almost killed but I survived that and am still pushing for the Managalas plateau declaration..Governor Iam not scared of all the threats on my life.
So in that regard, I wish to call for your help to lobby this application with the Minister Pundari, the Mining Minister Byron Chan not to extend the 3 Mining Exploration License Leases over Managalas plateau to Goldminex.
My NGO Partners With Melanesians In. (PwM) has worked on this project since 1983-84, we have spent over 29 years on this project and Governor Juffa totally supports this application despite his Deputy doing the opposite, as Juffa will deal with that his own way at the PEC level, but he is fully aware of the application and so I want to call on you and the other SDP members Honourable Justine Thachenko and Honourable Joseph Yopiyopi to lobby with the Ministers in Government and if possible with the Prime minister.
Also, another very important Heritage Site in the Sepik around the border of Enga is the Karawari Caves (over 300+) is also listed in our Policy, and that area is again a subject of mining lease by RH (ol ino inap long logging nan au ol laik go long mining true or giaman). The Karawari caves is about 20,000 years old and we need Government support to stop mining lease to the RH and its partners Pristine # 18. Talk with the Ministers MPs in Parliament and make some noise and raise their awareness on this 2 sites.
Em tasol and looking forward to your response.
SDP RECOGNIZES THE NEED TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAIN IT FOR OUR FUTURE. SDP ALSO RECOGNIZES THE GLOBAL CLIMATIC CHANGES TAKING PLACE AND WILL CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS GLOBAL EFFORT TO SLOW AND REVERSE ITS EFFECTS THROUGH THE FOLLOWING INITIATIVES:-
1. SDP is committed to maintaining our natural environment and upholding the key aspects of sustainability and eco-systems by:
Immediately embarking on a Reforestation program in grassland and logged
over areas throughout the country;
(b) Invest in research on Carbon capture and storage;
(c) Declaring World Heritage sites at Tuna Bay, Kup, Kosipe, Karawari Caves and Sialum Terraces;
(d) Declaring Conservation Area status for Lababia and Managalas;
(e) Establish National Park Authority that will manage all existing national parks and conservation areas, identify and develop new ones;
(f) Fulfilling PNG's obligation under Convention on Biodiversity and other related international conventions;
(g) Banning export of round logs;
(h) Reviewing Deep Sea Mining License with a view to legislate policy on the DSML;
(i) Reviewing Deep Sea Tailings practices in the country to ensure compliance with internationally accepted best practices;
(j) Developing national waste management policy;
2. Contribute towards the global effort to contain the effects of climate change:
(k) Design and devise appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures to protect vulnerable coastal and atoll communities from the effects of rising sea levels;
(l) Identify at least ten (10) most vulnerable and severely affected com-munities and implement mitigating measures;
(m) Implement country strategy on Reducing Emission on Degradation and Deforestation (REDD);
(n) Amalgamate the Offices of Climate Change, National Disaster and Emergency Services, National Weather
Office and the Geo-physical Observatory to become an Authority to monitor the effects of Climate Change and manage responses to natural disasters