Agriculture and Environment

Monitoring environmental change

By working with people to record information, we can help respond to climate-related challenges in Papua New Guinea.

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Purpose

To support local populations to manage a changing climate

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Approach

A rapid data reporting system that helps the government respond to ecological and social challenges

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Location

Papua New Guinea

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Partners

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is home to around 7% of the world’s biodiversity, including tropical rainforest and marine systems. But its protected areas are threatened by logging, mining, industrial agriculture and climate change. Traditional owners of these protected areas also face new challenges to their livelihoods. By accurately recording change, we can work with people to respond to these challenges.

Integrating traditional knowledge with sustainability indicators

Our project in Papua New Guinea analyses ecosystem health. We’re developing an innovative data reporting system in protected areas, and optimising a process to collect it. That includes scientific indicators of sustainability. And importantly, it also includes traditional knowledge on impacts to biodiversity. Actionable data from the system is sent to the Papua New Guinea government, improving response to ecological and social challenges. With better conservation of biological heritage, we can create a more sustainable earth.

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