WWF is looking at the big picture in the TransFly
, a vast ecoregion of grasslands and other habitats in southcentral New Guinea. This area spans Papua New Guinea and Indonesia across 10 million ha.
Our blueprint for long-term planning and conservation here is called the Biodiversity Vision (or Biovision) for the TransFly, a strategy to help define which areas are important from a biological and cultural perspective.
The TransFly Ecoregion Programme is developing approaches to conservation that embrace both biodiversity and the range of cultures of the TransFly. While our wildlife surveys help us identify conservation priorities, it is the socio-cultural factors that will determine the success or failure of conservation efforts.
The TransFly: A community Vision
There are over 60 cultural groups, whose lives, customs, languages and knowledge are linked inextricably with the landscapes of the TransFly.
WWF consulted widely with communities, government, NGOs and donors to socialise the biodiversity vision approach, seek input on the process and identify additional priorities that need to be considered in the final vision.
Community groups have already identified that they would like to see their ancestor routes and important cultural places also included in the biodiversity vision. These areas have been locked into the vision.