United Nations Development Programme has been a proud partner of the Government of Papua New Guinea for the last four decades. Some key highlights from UNDP’s engagement with the Government of Papua New Guinea, through the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, include:

  • Supported nearly 3.5million hectares of existing and proposed Protected Areas
  • Developing the Protected Area policy and implementation plan
  • Delivering Protected Areas adaptive management planning training
  • Standardizing guidelines for management planning
  • Adapting the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) for PNG
  • Developing the National Protected Area Financing and Investment Plan
  • Establishing an independent PNG Biodiversity and Climate Fund


The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), formerly known as the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), was established in 1985. Its mission (approved by the National Executive Council on 22 August 1989) is to ensure natural and physical resources are managed to sustain environmental quality and human well-being.One of CEPA’s core functions is the establishment and management of national parks and protected areas.


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the largest multilateral trust fund focused on enabling developing countries to invest in nature, and supports the implementation of major international environmental conventions including on biodiversity, climate change, chemicals, and desertification. It brings together 184 member governments in addition to civil society, international organizations, and private sector partners. Through its Small Grants Programme, the GEF has provided support to more than 26,000 civil society and community initiatives in 135 countries.