A WEEK-long community legal education training was conducted last week at Taul village in Turubu LLG, East Sepik province.
More than 40 participants from within the Turubu LLG, Urimo in the Sepik plains and Sausso LLG underwent the training which aimed at educating the customary resource owners on their rights to their resources.
The training was conducted by Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) Inc in partnership with Turubu Eco Forestry Development Programme Inc .
The training outlined some of the facts that local resource owners had in regard to their resources and how well they could manage it without interference from companies engaging in large scale agro-forestry project.
A participant from the Sausso LLG, who declined to be named, said the training was timely as Turubu LLG, Urimo and parts of Sausso were now facing the development of a multi-million kina oil palm project.
He said people needed to know what their rights were to defend their customary resources.