January 2005

Conservation benefit: Expansion of a network of Locally Managed Marine Areas

Community benefit: Re-roofing of buildings housing local community marine conservation NGO

Kimbe Bay lies on the north side of West New Britain Island, northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea. A local NGO, Mahonia Na Dari (MND) in Settin Bay within Kimbe Bay, has been helping four local Bakovi communities set aside marine protection areas. In PNG, these are called Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs).

MND’s buildings, which all use local materials where possible, have deteriorated badly and need urgent repairs. Seacology will fund the repairs. In return, MND will assist the people of Patanga and Garile villages set aside their two reef systems, totaling 75 acres, adjacent to the existing closed reefs. They will be added to the Kimbe Bay LMMA program, the largest of its kind in PNG. This will make a total of 23 protected areas covering some 1,050 acres, involving six villages with a total population of around 6,000.

Project Updates
January 2007
MND is currently working with six more communities to establish Marine Protected Areas that will be managed at the community level.
January 2006
The roofing work was completed in September 2005. MND has continued its awareness work with the local villages to establish and maintain existing no-take zones, as well as its education program....
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July 2005
After the rainy season ended in April 2005, work to re-roof the MND buildings began. Locally produced dried sago palm leaves were purchased from local villages for the roofing material. Five...
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