Logging in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea is an all too common occurrence. Using permits that are often irregular, companies log areas of the forest to make a profit while traditional landowners struggle to keep their homes and livelihoods. Diana Mewerimbe works with Papua New Guinea’s Environmental Law Centre to help landowners fight for their rights against the logging companies. In this interview, she discusses her own personal decision to jump from practicing law in the private sector to practicing public interest law, and also explains why human rights cannot be disassociated from environmental rights.
Click on the photo of Diana to watch her speak about environmental and human rights in Papua New Guinea.