Increasing investment in Papua New Guinea’s unique biodiversity

Jun 5, 2018

(L-R) Michelle McGeorge Director of Port Moresby Nature Park and Tracy Vienings UNDP Deputy Resident Representative after the signing of the grant agreement at the Port Moresby Nature Park. ©Serahphina. Aupong/UNDP

Port Moresby 5 July 2018 - The United Nations Development Programme and the Port Moresby Nature Park are joining forces to further support the protection of Papua New Guinea’s unique biodiversity.

This partnership will build on the already strong relationship between the organisations in their efforts to support communities around the country better conserve and protect natural eco-systems against habitat loss.

Tracy Vienings, the United Nations Development Programme’s Deputy Representative said, “The concentration of Papua New Guinea’s biodiversity is simply amazing.

At just one per cent of the world’s land mass, the country is home to almost seven per cent of its biodiversity. But like so much of the world, this biodiversity is under threat. Helping people understand its value not just to Papua New Guinea, but to the world is critical. This partnership is a great way of working towards this.”

The partnership will support a number of activities to highlight the value of this biodiversity and of protected areas. Among them, awareness and education programs that will aim to reach 30,000 people a year, many of whom will be school children. The partnership will also support the Nature Park to expand its current tree kangaroo precinct increasing the number of international class exhibits found in the Park’s grounds and which were visited by over 145,000 people in 2017.

The Director of Port Moresby’s Nature Park, Michelle McGeorge said during the signing, “This is an exciting opportunity for the Nature Park and the United Nations Development Programme.

We are all committed to supporting the people of Papua New Guinea better understand just how proud they should be of their country’s biodiversity.

Like the United Nations Development Programme, the Nature Park has and will continue to invest in efforts to increase conservation initiatives in Papua New Guinea.”

This initiative is part of the United Nations Development Programme’s ongoing efforts to support communities, the Government of Papua New Guinea and civil society in their conservation efforts. This initiative is made possible through the Global Environment Facility.

Contact information

Serahphina Aupong, serahphina.aupong@undp.org, +675 7374 8724

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