A successful partnership…
For the past decade, WWF has been working in partnership with Oil Search Limited
(OSL) in an effort to protect the unique biodiversity of the Kikori River Basin.
While few partnerships of this magnitude exist between international oil companies and conservation organisations, WWF is using this relationship to test whether such a partnership can be a successful way to promote and achieve large-scale and long-term environmental conservation.
WWF is working to ensure that the company respects the biodiversity of the region in which it operates and continues to monitor and enforce high safety standards throughout its operations.
Collaboration highlights Kikori's vital importance
Biological surveys made possible by the partnership have highlighted the importance of the region’s tropical forests - rainforests which would have certainly been logged by now had their significance not been recognised.
Today, these forests continue to provide habitat for wildlife as well as a source of building material, food, medicine and tools for the local communities.
Some of our key results:
- Scientific expeditions have now surveyed three quarters of the Kikori basin and as a result entirely new animal and plant species have been discovered, including recently, a number of new orchid species. The PNG Forest Institute, UPNG herbarium and museums now have more records of flora and fauna from Kikori than any other part of PNG.
- The Community Development Initiatives Foundation (CDI) has been formed out of the WWF and OSL relationship. The foundation works closely with government departments, NGOs, and other organisations to improve the quality of healthcare and education to local communities.