The Supreme Sukundimi, the traditional clan leaders of 28 Haus Tambarans along more than 1,000 kilometres of the Sepik River, have unanimously proclaimed the Supreme Sukundimi Declaration, calling for a total ban on the proposed Frieda River mine.
The Supreme Sukundimi are the Guardians and Custodians of the Land, River and Lakes, and on all matters of river life in the Sepik region.
They emphatically accept their call and duty to represent all generations – past, present and future – and all the spirits of the Sepik.
The Supreme Sukundimi represent approximately 78,000 people across 25 villages from Swagap in Upper Sepik near the Frieda River to Kopar at the mouth of the Sepik River.
Project Sepik submitted ten independent expert reports on the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) to PNG’s Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA). The expert advice identified significant environmental and community impacts from the project and that the EIS is severely deficient. Submissions on the EIS closed on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
REPORT: THE RIVER IS NOT OURS
The report The River is Not Ours is a collaboration between Australian-based Jubilee Australia and the Papua New Guinea-based Project Sepik. It investigates PanAust’s proposed Frieda River Mine project in Papua New Guinea’s Sepik region highlighting the environmental and social impacts and views of local communities regarding the mine. Largely based on the findings of an awareness tour of riverside villages conducted by seven team members from Project Sepik, the report raises questions about the project’s potential impact on the Sepik River, one of the largest uncontaminated freshwater wetland systems in the Asia Pacific region.