UNDP together with Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA), signed an agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to support the conservation actions in Kimbe Bay, Sepik Wetlands and Mt. Wilhelm. The four-year initiative is implemented under the Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas in PNG project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The partnership aims to substantially expand PNG’s Protected Area system and develop sustainable financing options that contribute to the effective management of its biodiversity and community livelihoods.
“This agreement represents an opportunity for PNG to significantly expand its Protected Area system and demonstrate that financial resources can be mobilized at a local level for both conservation and community livelihoods. Our hope is that these pilot sites, representing different ecosystem types, can act as models that can be scaled up and replicated across the country” stated Mr. Edward Vrkic, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.