Conservation benefit: Protection of 1,400-acre wildlife management area and six small islands for 20 years
Community benefit: New multipurpose community center
Papua New Guinea’s rainforest is the third largest in the world. It is home to endangered animals, plants, and many diverse groups of people. By law, almost all the land in PNG is owned communally by local clans who depend on the forest for subsistence. But in recent years, a government program aimed at “opening up” land for development has allowed harvesting and exporting timber on a huge scale. A commission of inquiry found that the deals were largely corrupt, illegal, and without true consent.
Communities are trying to fight back. Harassment and the difficulty of communication and travel in Papua New Guinea, however, make it very difficult. Working with local conservation group Turubu Eco Forestry, Seacology is funding a community resource center. People in the Cape Turubu area will be able to gather there for workshops and discussions of land use issues.
In exchange, the communities pledge to protect the Mujurau Wildlife Management Area, which covers 1,400 acres, for 20 years. They will also protect six small uninhabited islands. These islands provide habitat for many birds and five species of sea turtles, including leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill, flatback, and Kemp’s ridley.
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- July 2017
- Field rep Sam Moko made the long trip to Cape Turubu in June to meet with community members there. He reports that people from the village have formed a committee to oversee work on the community...
- May 2017
- Seacology field representative Sam Moko spoke to the chairman of our nonprofit partner in Cape Turubu and reports that the community has decided to name the multipurpose building after the late...
- January 2017
- Materials to build the Turubu community center had been gathered when in late November, we received the sad news that Gabriel Molok, who had been managing the project, had died after a brief...
- May 2016
- Field Representative Sam Moko visited Turubu to discuss Seacology and the project. After a daylong meeting with village leaders, the community covenant was formally signed. The first installment...