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Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea

This project aims to increase the contribution that forest resources makes to national and local economies, including landowners and processors, through developing domestic value-added wood processing methods.
The Forestry Sector in Papua New Guinea has developed from a small domestic processing industry in the 1950s to a large log export oriented industry. The Papua New Guinean Government now wants to use Papua New Guinea's forest resources to generate additional opportunities for economic growth, employment and increased value added processing of harvested logs. The Papua New Guinean Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030 aims to increase the level of domestic processing of log harvest from 20% to 80% by 2030. The domestic market's demand for wood products is growing due to the rapid development of Papua New Guinean industries based on extracting natural resources.
Many research and structural challenges, constraints and opportunities (at Government, industry, community, and landowner levels) need to be addressed to develop competitive value-added wood industries. Technical knowledge and capacity about efficient processing of different native timber species into a broader range of wood products are very low.
Research and development are urgently needed to achieve Papua New Guinea's policy goal. This includes enhanced knowledge and capacity in wood science and wood processing technologies, trialling options to support increased value adding, and improving knowledge on the potential effects of this policy.