biodiversity

ExxonMobil launches biodiversity study

The book was presented to the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) as one of PNG’s only long term high biodiversity data sets for the country.

The book describes the biodiversity in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces in 2015 as well as the methods used to undertake the biodiversity surveys. It highlights the large number of plants, frogs and mammals species found in two of the major provinces of PNG.

Gov’t urged to support conservation efforts in PNG

Conservation Environment and Protection Authority (CEPA) managing director Gunther Joku revealed that the area of conservation is lacking Government support.

Joku explained that the environment is beneficial to the people and therefore must be conserved and protected.

He said the Government must continue to be responsible to fund this particular sector.

Joku also highlighted the need to reform the existing Conservation Areas Act.

He said that the law has been around for a long time and a lot has changed and so much development has taken place.

K1.5m agreement for biodiversity conservation

The funding will go towards a community-based forest and coastal conservation and resource management in PNG project.

The project is implemented by the Conservation Environment and Protection Authority (CEPA) of PNG, with two years of funding provided by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed today by CEPA and ENB Provincial Government, and separately with the WNB Provincial Government, which enables the project to go ahead.

UNDP urges PNG to protect its biodiversity

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action around the globe and takes place on 5 June every year. The theme for this year's celebration is 'connecting people with nature'.

"Papua New Guinea is home to some of the most spectacular natural environment in the world. Although the country makes up less than one percent of the global land area, it contains more than seven percent of the world's biodiversity," said Roy Trivedy, UNDP Resident Representative and the UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Capacity building vital to drive biodiversity conservation

University of Papua New Guinea lecturer at the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division of Biological Sciences, Professor Simon Saulei, says there’s not enough capacity building going on.

Speaking at a consultative workshop on Protected Area Policy, underway in Port Moresby, Professor Saulei explained that the success of long term sustainable biodiversity conservation and PA depends on capacity building, aimed at supporting individuals and institutions to effectively address threats to biodiversity.

Consultative workshop on protected areas set for this week

Papua New Guinea is a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The workshop will also discuss the protected area implementation plan and the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP).

The plan and the Protected Area Bill will become the main vehicle to implement the PNG Policy on Protected Areas, which was endorsed by the National Executive Council in early December 2014.

Together the policy and the plan will improve PNG’s implementation of the NBSAP.

Discussions underway for REDD+ Pilot Project

The April Salumei REDD+ Pilot Project is located in the 526,000 hectares’ area of East Sepik Province.

It involves an estimated total of 126 landowner groups and represented by six landowner companies under the April-Salumei REDD+ Working Group.

The REDD+ initiatives will mitigate greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and stabilise the global temperature. The project is the first project PNG has actually brought it to the point of sale.

Landowners came from the project area in the Ambuti/Drekikir and Wosera/Gawi of ESP for the discussions with stakeholders.

Plan to protect biodiversity

The National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP) two-day workshop was opened by Minister for the Environment Kiriau Turepu at the Pukapuka Hostel on Tuesday.

The project is part of the second generation of Biodiversity Enabling Activities under the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The Cook Islands has been a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity since 1993.