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Development of durable engineered wood products in Papua New Guinea and Australia

This project will work with the private sector to develop engineered wood products in both Papua New Guinea and Australia.
The project team and Papua New Guinea authorities are working with businesses to develop engineered wood products such as plywood and other composites, thereby improving the capacity, skills and knowledge within this industry.
This project supports the Papua New Guinea government's forestry policy to encourage domestic wood processing rather than export of harvested logs.
The project builds on previous forestry research efforts through providing research, expert technical support and training to develop more sophisticated processes and prototype engineered wood products. The project team is investigating gender issues in the industry to identify constraints to women's participation and progression. The team is also assessing whether a Public Private Partnerships timber processing arrangement is feasible and would promote value-added wood processing in Papua New Guinea.