Palm oil developer abandons plan to log 70% of Woodlark Island
January 14, 2008
The apparent withdrawal could not be independently confirmed, but The National reports that PNG's Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) was notified of Vitro's intention to abandon the project.
The news comes after an international campaign by environmentalists who argued the project would endanger the island's unique wildlife and faced widespread local opposition.
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What's next for Woodlark
At this time it is still unclear whether the oil palm project will resume on Woodlark. Given record high prices for palm oil, it seems likely the island has not heard the last on development for biofuel feedstocks. Nevertheless, with the world's attention now focused on its biodiverse forests, any developer will face close scrutiny than before.