Project final report

Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea - final report

Date released
01 March 2019
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Prof Barbara Ozarska, The University of Melbourne


Value-added wood processing methods using forest resources have been created through this ACIAR project in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Opportunities for economic growth, employment, and increased value-added processing of harvested logs, will greatly improve national and local markets. 

More than 60% of PNG’s total land mass is forested and owned by traditional landowners. Closed forest in PNG covers 29 million ha, of which 10 million ha have been allocated by the PNG Government under timber permits for commercial development. 

Using forest resources to identify, test and evaluate value-added systems will increase the capacity of government, institutional support bodies, industry partners and landowners to implement appropriate policies, strategies and practices. 

The country’s forestry sector has moved from a small domestic processing industry in the 1950s to a large log export-oriented industry under the 1979 National Forest Policy, which emphasised the maximum use of forest resources for economic development.

A database on PNG timbers will be published to benefit landowners, the research community and industry.