Skip to main content
Junior Novera, a conservation scientist, is working with his community in Papua New Guinea to protect imperiled Bougainville monkey-faced bats and other local species. Photo courtesy of Salit Kark
March 17, 2023

When conservation scientist Junior Novera was growing up in Mapisi Village, on a bend of the Sinamut River in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, he’d never heard the term conservation. There were sacred sites, treasured species, and complex rules governing people’s interactions with nature. But it wasn’t until he left the island for university and attended an intensive course with the Wildlife Conservation Society that the concept—as defined by Western science—became clear.

Full Article