The forest resource of Papua New Guinea is significant to the country's economy, environment and social wellbeing. Hence, making plans to manage and utilize the forest resource is mandatory.
The development of the forest resource is undertaken in accordance with the National Forest Plan, Provincial Forest Plan and the National Development Forestry Guidelines. Other supportive documents such as the Environmental Key Standards, Logging Code of Practice, Planning, Monitoring and Control procedures for Logging in Natural Forest Areas of PNG (PMCP), Forest Management Agreement (FMA) and the Project Agreement provide guidance to ensuring compliance and enforcement of relevant legislation & regulations.
The development of the country's natural forest resource is undertaken within requirements of the Forestry Act, 1991 (as amended) and it involves 32 acquisition and allocation step process.
The process is as outlined in Figure 2.