Our Center recognises that plants and animals and the ecosystems they form, such as forests and coral reefs, represent an enormous wealth of Papua New Guinea. As such, they should be protected and also wisely used for the benefit of Papua New Guineans. Our Center is trying to contribute to this aim by several activities:
Documenting biological diversity of Papua New Guinea. While only 0.1% of entire human population lives in Papua New Guinea, our country is a home to 5% of all plant and animal species of the world. A large proportion of this species diversity is still not know to science.
This is particularly true for small animals, such as insects. Our Center contributes to the study of this diversity by biodiversity surveys of insects, particularly moths and butterflies. The Center also contributes to building national insect collection by contributing specimens to the National Agriculture Research Institute in Port Moresby.
Education and Training
Our Center is active in environmental education. The future of PNG biodiversity will to large extend depend on decisions made by village landowners as well as by educated professionals. The focus of our educational activities is thus on village schools, as well as postgraduate Biology students.
Our Center closely collaborates with the Wanang Conservation Area and assist the Wanang landowners with conservation management of the forest on their lands. We are also developing a conservation and research area with rainforest owners at Mt Wilhelm and collaborate with other village-based conservation areas:
- Kau Wildlife Area in Baitabag Village,
- Ohu Conservation Area in Ohu Village
- Tree Kangaroo Conservation Area in the Finisterre Mts.