Community conservation receives supportNov 17, 2017
Port Moresby, 17 November 2017 – Three communities in East New Britain Province are receiving additional K740, 000 to support conservation activities in their communities.
Toimtop and Klampun in the East Pomio LLG have established Wildlife Management Areas that build on traditional values of the land and natural resources to sustainably manage their resources. The Arabam, Raigel and Maranagi wards in Sinivit LLG are pursuing exciting investments into cocoa and moringa with support from the Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual, and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International.
The three communities have signed grant agreements to support their efforts to gazette their respective Community Conservation Areas over the next two years.
These agreements were signed under the Community based Forest and Coastal Conservation and Resource Management Project (CbFCCRMP).
Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said: “The conservation of biodiversity in Papua New Guinea remains one of UNDP’s priority areas. Conservation of forests, land, wildlife species, rivers, and the seas is of paramount importance to the lives and livelihood of communities who are dependent on natural resources.”
Mr Trivedy in thanking the local community leaders said,“The work you are doing is amazing and I congratulate you all for the exceptional work that benefits your communities, East New Britain Province and the nation.”
The grants complement the co-financing of the East New Britain Provincial Administration who leads the conservation action in the Baining Mountain and the Nakanai Range with an annual allocation of K500, 000 through a Memorandum of Agreement that was signed in July 2017 with the Conservation Environment and Protection Authority.
CEPA’s Director for Sustainable Environment Programs Kumaras Kalim said: “Mipla kamapim polisi ol i kolim lo ‘Protected Areas Policy’. Disla polisi nau i givim mipla wanpla rot blo bihainim lo mipla ken kam helpim ol lain lo komuniti. Wanpla bikpla samting long disla polisi i luksave long komuniti we husait i wokim wok long lukautim bus, wara, maunten blo em, gavman mas luksave long em.” (CEPA has developed the Protected Areas Policy which has given us a way to ensure there is support for local communities. The policy also recognises that communities that are working to protect their natural resources must be supported by the government).
This assistance will help the communities to review the protected area boundaries, formalize the endorsement of the community land use and resource management plans, strengthen the local capacities of the management committees to manage their area, and equaly important to expand or rehabilitate cocoa and moringa blocks to enable families to earn an income.
East New Britian’s Department of Agriculture and Livestock Advisor Blaise Magaga said the Provincial Government was in support of the conservation work in the communities and thanked CEPA and UNDP for partnering with them in the CbFCCRMP.
Leaders from the three communities share the same sentiments saying the conservation initiative used to be a family affair which has now extended to include other families and clans within their respective communities.
In thanking the East New Britain Provincial Administration, CEPA, and UNDP they said the funding will go a long way in helping the communities manage activities and resources within their Wildlife Management Area and to support existing small income generating activities.
The grants are made possible with funding from the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme.Contact information
Melissa Warbua, UNDP GEF4 Communications Associate, +675 7640 7148, firstname.lastname@example.org