22 October 2012
A non-government Organisation in East New Britain Province has been carrying out awareness to educate the people on issues surrounding deep sea mining.
The Bainings Environmental Heritage Foundation (BEHF) executive director Alois Balar said a program called “The Voice” aired on Radio East New Britain was now having an impact on the populous with lots of feedback.
He said “The Voice” was a consortium of stakeholders which comprised the BEHF, an internationally known environmental NGO as leader, 53 registered fisheries co-operatives, ward councillors, village groups, associations and village people from both New Ireland and ENB provinces.
He said BEHF was spearheading moves to properly educate the indigenous people in the Bismarck Sea on the technical and legal implications, the social and environmental impacts and the climatic consequences of the deep sea mining project.
Mr Balar said there were moves afoot by other NGOs and sectors of civil society to present petitions to members of parliament and which they fully supported.
The majority of the population also needed to be aware of the technical and legal issues, the human rights to the environment and surroundings, international treaties and conventions, national environmental laws and the environmental and social impacts of deep sea mining.
“For the last five weeks, we have been participating in a talkback program on local radio, Radio ENB on these issues, however much more needs to be done,” he said.
He said “The Voice” would be hosting a public appeal within the next few weeks to raise funds to carry out this awareness in all coastal and inland communities of both provinces.
“It is the expressed desire of the BEHF to ensure that people know the importance of their environment especially what deep sea mining can and will do to the sea, including population pressure and climate change,” he said.
Mr Balar is calling for support. He can be contacted on 675 72430139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for their program details.