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Papua New Guinea

Stettin Bay Villages

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Conservation benefit: Demarcation of no-take coral reef zones

Community benefit: Purchase and installation of mooring buoys, training

Date Approved: 11.2001

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

Kimbe Bay, on the island of West New Britain, is famous for its natural beauty and high marine biodiversity. Mahonia Na Dari, a well-respected local NGO, works with communities there to create and manage marine conservation areas. Four villages in Stettin Bay, which is part of Kimbe Bay, have set aside no-take zones to protect critical areas of their inshore reef.

Seacology is providing funds for buoys, which will mark the protected area’s boundaries, and a community-based monitoring program. Community members, with help from Mahonia Na Dari and local Nature Conservancy staff, will install the marker buoys. The Seacology grant will also be used to create materials to help educate nearby villages about the no-take areas.

Project Updates

January 2005

Mahonia Na Dari, the local organization running the project, is continuing its conservation education program for villages and schools surrounding the no-take areas. Part of the program provides workshops and snorkeling gear to students and teachers so they can view the no-take areas underwater. Mooring buoys were replaced with durable signposts, demarcating 21 no-take areas belonging to four different villages. Two other villages have approached Mahonia Na Dari wishing to establish their own no-take zones. A Seacology expedition to Papua New Guinea visited this project in September 2004.

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July 2004

In 2002, communities in Kimbe Bay established and demarcated four no-take areas. Since then local NGO Mahonia Na Dari has been regularly conducting conservation education within the communities and supporting village efforts to set up committees to manage the closed areas. While the problem of poaching within the areas by non-village fishermen continues to some extent, Mahonia Na Dari has responded by increasing conservation education efforts in neighboring communities. In 2003 several neighboring communities established and demarcated their own no-take areas.

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