Incredibly rich in glorious-looking birds, swathed in lush forests and steeped in thriving traditions, this is an island that has more than earned its top position as a biodiversity treasure through millions of years of evolution. The world’s second biggest island is more than worthy of protection.
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 Guinea
This 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 take
The Forests of New Guinea Programme is a large initiative, broad in scope, which works from field to policy level across 3 main targets: