Papua New Guinea’s Carbon Cowboy scandal widens to include the Australian Government

By Margaret Ran

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Sep 9th that the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade collaborated with Carbon Planet, a private carbon trading firm caught up in a firestorm of corruption, illegality, and false carbon credits in Papua New Guinea (Chris Lang and Natasha Loder have been covering the story closely on their blogs).

Carbon Planet also received $53,000 from the Australian Government. In what has become an all too common refrain in the carbon trading world, details of Carbon Planet and the Australian Government’s relationship are “commercial-in-confidence” aka completely lacking in transparency.

David Gilbert is a Research Fellow at RAN. He has worked in the tropical forests of the Amazon and Indonesia, with a special focus on forest conservation and indigenous rights.