WHAT WE DO
We use innovative ways to educate and share information with communities reaching even the most remote. We do not seek to alter the customary way of life in Papua New Guinea, only to value add to it.
Together with our partners, ECA will continue to closely collaborate with conservation champions, local communities and government, based on the following paths of action:
Spreading the Reach
Today, the coastal communities of PNG are racing an incoming tide of unprecedented threats. Increasing impacts of climate change and population growth have led to declines in local fisheries. Continuing the work initiated by the CI-PNG team,Eco Custodian Advocates plans to partner with local governments and agencies to spread the reach of coral reef conservation to coastal communities.
This new approach will give communities interactive tools to establish and grow their own community-based marine management programs by conducting strategic trainings with community leaders, creating self guided management workbooks and facilitating community-to-community learning exchanges.
Using this innovative model of community-led conservation, Eco Custodian Advocates will aid in the establishment of culturally and biologically sustainable marine management programs that will contribute to mainstreaming locally managed marine areas in PNG within the next decade.
Milne Bay Province: community-driven conservation
Milne Bay holds a third of PNG’s coral reefs.In the past decade, many communities have benefited from community conservation programs there, leading to localized sustainable management and conservation of coral reefs in a dynamic network of locally managed marine areas.
In partnership with the provincial government and communities, Eco Custodian Advocates continues to build local capacity in natural resource management and conservation, with a keen focus on the more remote communities that do not often receive development support.
We will work to further empower these communities to recognize and build upon their own knowledge and abilities to sustainably maintain and improve their livelihoods.
Above: Comparisons of numbers of endemic reptiles and amphibians between Milne Bay Province and several “biodiversity hotspots” in the region, of much larger geographical extent. Note too that the small area of MBP contains within it