WWF solutions for New Guinea's forests
A blueprint to save the Forests of New Guinea
New Guinea’s forests cover some 50 million ha - an expanse roughly the size of Spain. In this huge area, WWF is on the ground to see that conservation activities deliver long-term results. Our goal? Effective collaborative management of the forests, where biodiversity is protected and local people benefit.
The reality of working in New GuineaThis is no straightforward undertaking. WWF’s activities take place in occasionally unstable areas, where government policies can change rapidly and the political landscape is equally dynamic. But with over 20 years of experience working in New Guinea, we have learned to adapt to such constraints.
What it will takeThe Forests of New Guinea Programme is a large initiative, broad in scope, which works from field to policy level across 3 main targets:
- Forest, land-use and development planning
Communities need a voice, especially where they are afflicted by poverty and isolation. To deal with this problem, we are working towards a policy and planning framework at the district, provincial and national levels that is more responsive to community and biodiversity needs.
- Responsible forest management
Sound management is the Forests of New Guinea’s best ally. In promoting responsible forestry, WWF is also pushing for more certification and non-timber forest products. We are also tackling the governance issues related to illegal logging and mismanagement of forest concessions.
- Protected areas
It is imperative that protected areas, the cornerstone of our conservation efforts, better represent and protect the biodiversity of New Guinea. To achieve this, WWF seeks to improve protected area management, and helps develop supportive policies and implementation guidelines.
Setting out prioritiesProtecting all the forests of New Guinea would be impossible - so WWF has focused on several priority sites where our chances of delivering conservation results are highest.
An international collaboration
The Forests of New Guinea programme calls upon the complementary skills of hundreds of conservation workers scattered across Asia-Pacific.
From the WWF central offices in Jakarta (Indonesia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Suva (Fiji), to isolated outposts in the New Guinea montane highlands, WWF staff and partners are pushing ahead to realize the Forests of New Guinea conservation programme.
Want to help us? Find out how
Want to find out more about our work? Interested in volunteering? Or simply have a question about conservation in New Guinea? Then send us an email.
WWF Western Melanesia Programme Office,
Allotment 14 Musgrave St.,
Papua New Guinea
Phone: +675 320 0149
Fax: +675 320 0519
Jl. Pos 7 Sereh,
Phone: +62 967 593840
Fax: +62 967 593815