Papua New Guinea is very much aware of the prevailing global concerns surrounding the tropical rainforest and the environment at large. There are a lot of programmes open to tropical countries such as Papua New Guinea to participate. To this end, the country has not yet moved towards establishing "model forestry projects". However, it has in place the policy and legislative framework upon which sustainable forest development and management can be based. This is the cornerstone to all future forest development, and the country anticipates no great difficulties in participating in future international developments.
In recognition that the hardwood market in Asia is decreasing due to a shift in demand towards the use of temperate softwoods and plantation wood, Papua New Guinea is seriously considering the potential of forest products for development, such as bioprospecting and plantation development.