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Conservation benefit: Expansion of a network of locally managed marine areas

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

Date Approved: 01.2005

Ocean

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

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). The Kimbe Bay LMMA program is the largest of its kind.

MND will help the people of Patanga and Garile villages set aside two reef systems, totaling 75 acres, adjacent to reefs that are already closed. 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.

MND’s buildings, which all use local materials where possible, have deteriorated badly and need urgent repairs. Seacology will fund the repairs.

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.

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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. The LMMA network now includes seven participating communities located along a 40-kilometer stretch of coastline. To date, 25 LMMAs have been declared, including coral reefs, in-shore seagrass beds, islands, and mangrove forests. All the LMMAs are located within one kilometer of the main island of New Britain. As such, they offer a level of protection to the approximately 60 square kilometers of near-shore and shoreline marine habitats.

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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 buildings were re-roofed as of May 2005. In spring 2005, Garille and Patanga communities met with MND to begin the process of expanding the marine protected areas to their areas. Initial decisions included the designation of three coral reef areas and one mangrove area as no-take zones, with more areas to be planned by the end of 2005.

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