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Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Posted 6:56 PM by Luigi
PNG's protected areas reviewed
From the WWF South Pacific Programme website, 24 February 2005.
Non-government organisations and government have prepared a Rescue Plan for PNG’s protected areas at a workshop held on Motupore Island, Port Moresby on 16-18 February, 2005.
The workshop reviewed the findings of a year long survey of PNG’s 51 conservation areas. It was discovered that most of these areas were still functioning and supported by landowners but had received little attention from government over the past decade.
Conservation Manager-Forests, Paul Chatterton of WWF, the global conservation organisation said, “A study in 1999 showed that PNG Protected Areas had no management or very little management at all, and the situation is worse now if anything. A much greater effort is needed to safeguard areas that bring in millions of kina a year and protect important resources such as crocodiles, eaglewood or tourism areas.”
The workshop was attended by about 30 representatives from government and non-government agencies, such as Department of Environment & Conservation, WWF, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Research Conservation Foundation, and Kokoda Track Authority. It was organised to assess the management status of the protected areas in PNG, and to come up with recommendations for improving and strengthening the management of protected areas.
The top five threats highlighted at the workshop were: logging, mining, hunting, invasive species and conversion for agriculture. Issues included:
WWF International’s representative and workshop facilitator, Liza Higgins-Zogib, said, “PNG holds the third largest rainforest on the planet and some of the world’s richest reefs. Protected areas are the best way to ensure PNG looks after vital natural resources, such as clean drinking water, hunting grounds and building materials. Conservation areas can also help uphold traditional values by protecting important cultural sites.”
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