Papua New Guinea - Conservation Initiatives

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Conservation International

For nearly 20 years, CI has worked with communities, governments, industries and agencies throughout Papua New Guinea to develop innovative conservation of important species and ecosystems. We have also worked with local communities and r

esearchers to identify new species in Papua New Guinea’s forests, streams, reefs, caves and mountains through our Rapid Assessment Program’s field assessment, providing vital information about the country’s biodiversity to community and government leaders as they plan for a sustainable future.


The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program works with local communities in rural Papua New Guinea to protect the endangered Matschie’s tree 

kangaroo and the habitat in which it lives. The program helped to establish the country’s first and only nationally-recognized Conservation Area, and works with communities and government to address local needs including livelihoods, health, and education. We believe that sustainable conservation needs to address not only the needs of wildlife and the environment, but the needs of the local people as well. And that in order to make a lasting difference, the change must come from within those communities themselves.

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program and the YUS Conservation Area serve as a national model for community-based conservation in Papua New Guinea, assisting the government in their efforts to protect the incredible diversity of wildlife and culture throughout the country.

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) is the umbrella name for the partnership between the Woodland Park Zoo’s TKCP and TKCP-PNG, an independent non-governmental organization registered in Papua New Guinea.


The Nature Conservancy

From helping to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture and mining to protecting coral reefs, fish and mangroves, the Conservancy is working with the people of Papua New Guinea to build a greener country.



The Project for Biodiversity Conservation through Implementation of the PNG Policy on Protected Areas

The overall goal of the project is to set up effective management of the Protected Areas Network by applying the models of protected areas management. To achieve this goal, the project aims to achieve four outcomes; (1) to strengthen institutional framework including formulation of PPA Action Plan and establishment of the National Conservation Council; (2) to enhance the terrestrial PA management model at Varirata National Park and the surrounding Koiari area; (3) to develop a model of establishing a new marine PA; and (4) to raise awareness of the people about biodiversity conservation.

Technical Cooperation Between Conservation and Environment Protection Authority and JICA


Coral Triangle Initiative

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries formed in 2007 to address the urgent threats facing the coastal and marine resources of one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically rich regions on earth. CTI-CFF is managed through a Secretariat based in Jakarta, Indonesia. 



United Nations Development Programme

UNDP carries out a number of projects related to the conservation of biodiversity including Community Based Forest and Coastal Conservation and Resource Management  which aims to develop a Sustainable National System of Protected Areas (PAs) for Papua New Guinea thus harnessing for an effective natural resource management and financing systems for Community Conservation Areas and Wildlife Management Areas.



Wildlife Conservation Society


WCS is the longest established international conservation NGO within PNG, and has been undertaking conservation work in the country since the 1970s. Today, WCS PNG employs around 50 staff based at four offices around the country; they include 30 full time staff members and another 20 part time community facilitators who are locally based staff close to WCS’s project sites. WCS works with local communities on a wide range of conservation issues and in a number of landscapes, varying from the coral islands of the Bismark Sea, to highlands areas of montane forest and limestone kaarst.

The vision of WCS PNG is: “Gutpela sindaun, gutpela solwara, gutpela bus”, which translates to, “Empowered people with healthy forests and seas”.  

The PNG country vision fits within the global vision of WCS, which “envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.