Management and monitoring is an essential backbone of effective protected areas. This page contains information on the different models of rangers across PNG, downloadable PNG-MET-2, and information about the tools available.


Rangers are key to the conservation of culture and biodiversity of Papua New Guinea. They assist in delivering community benefits and increased capacity, to the most remote and disadvantaged parts of the country.

Ranger programmes need to be strongly supported by local communities, and relevant to the culture and tradition of Papua New Guinea. These reports provide greater insight and support into the process of establishing a successful ranger programme.


A national assessment of protected area management in 2017 discovered limited progress in management effectiveness. As a result, significant support has been placed on strengthening management functions. Balancing the conservation of PNG’s unique biodiversity heritage against the pressures of a growing population, changing climate, and industrial exploitation requires data-driven natural resource management (NRM) policies and management.

Papua New Guinea is one of only a few countries to adapt the global METT to their unique context. Experience of local stakeholders as managers has shaped the tool into the new PNG-METT, providing best practices for improving the resilience and effectiveness of PA management in the country.

Key changes to develop the PNG-METT included:

  1. Ensuring the appropriateness of the questionnaire and the workshops in the PNG context;
  2. Adding questions about protected area benefits and values, and the condition and trend in these values over time; and
  3. Recording participants’ views about how the situation in their protected areas could be improved (e.g. in relation to the values, threats and various management effectiveness themes).
  4. The PNG-METT was implemented through a series of workshops, which were an important opportunity to build and repair relationships between customary landowners, CEPA and other parties.

Who is the METT for?

  • Local communities
  • NGOs or government officials operating or supporting protected areas.

What are the results generated by a METT?

  • Value of benefits perceived by local communities
  • Change of environmental and human threats over time
  • Effectiveness of management interventions on biodiversity and communities
  • Evidence of tangible changes in protected areas used for reporting, valuation and attracting investment
  • Comparison of protected areas throughout the country
  • Aggregation of results to create a national picture of management effectiveness


Download PNG-METT-2 training materials


Name Type Year of assessment
Bubu LLMMA_16Nov XLM 2021
Patanga LMMA_7Dec XLM 2021
Patanga SUMMARY PDF 2021
Tarobi LMMA XLM 2021
Tarobi SUMMARY PDF 2021
Kuglkane_28Sept21 XLM 2021
Kuraglba_10Dec XLM 2021
Madang Lag_Zone1_5Nove XLM 2021
Mt. Wilhelm_16Nov XLM 2021
Bagiai_METT_24Aug PDF 2016
BaiyerRiver_METT_6October PDF 2016
Balek_METT_24Aug PDF 2016
Baniara_METT_10April_17 PDF 2016
Cape Wom_METT_17Aug PDF 2016
Crater Mountain_METT_5Oct PDF 2016
Crown Island_METT_18Aug PDF 2016
Garu_METT_8June PDF 2016
Hombareta_METT_23Nov PDF 2016
Horseshoe Reef_METT_3Mar PDF 2016
Hunstein_METT_16Aug PDF 2016
Iomare_METT_22June PDF 2016
Jimi_Valley_METT_24Nov PDF 2016
Kamiali_METT_31Aug PDF 2016
Kavakuna Caves_METT_3June PDF 2016
Klampun_METT_3June PDF 2016
Kakoda Memorial Park_METT_3March_17 PDF 2016
KakodaTrack_IPZ_METT_23Nov PDF 2016
Lake Kutubu_METT_26Feb_17 PDF 2016
Lake Lavu_METT_17June PDF 2016
Laugum_METT_24Aug PDF 2016
Libano_Arisai_METT_28Feb_17 PDF 2016
Libiano_Hose_METT_28Feb_17 PDF 2016
Lihir_METT_20Feb_17 PDF 2016
Loroko_METT_9June PDF 2016
Maza_METT_24Feb_17 PDF 2016
McAdam_METT_31Aug PDF 2016
Mojirau_METT_17 August PDF 2016
Mt Gahavisuka_METT_3Sept PDF 2016
Mt Kaindi_METT_30Aug PDF 2016
Mt Susu_METT_1Sept PDF 2016
Mt Wilhelm_METT_24Nov PDF 2016
Namanatabu_METT_21June PDF 2016
Nanuk_METT_4June PDF 2016
Ndrolowa_METT_15June PDF 2016
Neiru_METT_24Feb_17 PDF 2016
Nuserang_METT_30Aug PDF 2016
Oya Mada Wa_a_METT_18June PDF 2016
Paga Hill_METT_21June PDF 2016
Pirung_METT_20Feb_17 PDF 2016
Pokili_METT_8June PDF 2016
Ranba_WMA_METT_25Aug PDF 2016
Ranba_WSanctuary_METT_25Aug PDF 2016
Sawataetae_METT_17June PDF 2016
Sinub_METT_22Aug PDF 2016
Siwi Utame_METT_10April_17 PDF 2016
Sulamesi_METT_28Feb_17 PDF 2016
Tab_METT_28Aug PDF 2016
Tabad_METT_23Aug PDF 2016
Talele_METT_4June PDF 2016
Tavolo_METT_3June PDF 2016
Tonda_METT_24Feb_17 PDF 2016
Torricelli_METT_16Aug PDF 2016
Variarta_METT_22June PDF 2016
Wewak War Memorial_METT_18August PDF 2016
YUS_METT_22Feb_17 PDF 2016
Zo-oimaga_METT_6March_17 PDF 2016


The NRM Hub’s tools gather data from a variety of sources, to assist with project planning, reporting and evaluation of natural resource management processes. This includes a variety of use cases such as collecting data from communities in protected areas, making global spatial data available for mapping at the local level and sharing data in new ways through interactive articles and visualizations.


The BCG is an open-source, web-based platform for sharing and using geographic data in PNG


The app is a mobile data collection application for collecting conservation and biodiversity data in PNG’s protected areas. Its design enables communities all over PNG to record and report a wide range of information for better planning, advocacy, and investment priortization.