“Gorgor protocol”

This photo was posted by Dennis A. Kosam in the Sharp Talk Facebook page. Last week, a man from Messi village, in the Central West Coast Namatanai of New Ireland province put up a “gorgor” at the proposed Solwara 1 project site for the experimental seabed mining. In New Ireland society, the “gorgor protocol” is our traditional law. Ships or vessels by Nautilus MUST NOT venture into this area prohibited by the “gorgor”.

If Nautilus breaches this area and enters illegally, we have ALL the right under kastom to destroy the vessels or ship. Elders and villagers from adjoining villages have caution the National Government to critically address the issue from the bottom up. Traditional law over the environment must be respected by foreigners.

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