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Papua New Guinea Strengthens Learning  Initiatives for Coral Triangle Project

Papua New Guinea Strengthens Learning Initiatives for Coral Triangle Project

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A number of nongovernment organizations (NGOs) will be pitching in to help improve learning and training initiatives for the Coral Triangle country project of the Government of Papua New Guinea.

A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the IUCN, and representatives of the government held a meeting to discuss ways to enhance learning and training for the country’s Coral Triangle project. The report was delivered 27 August at the Department of Environment and Conservation of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

Members of a coastal community in Papua New Guinea (ADB Photo Library)

Members of a coastal community in Papua New Guinea (ADB Photo Library)

Papua New Guinea already has its own learning and training network focusing on coastal management and practices established by local NGOs, community groups, and government agencies.

It was agreed upon at an earlier meeting that this learning and training network would be integrated with the IUCN’s learning component initiative and ADB’s Coral Triangle of the Pacific project, the IUCN report said.

The combined learning network will target to “capture lessons learned at the national, provincial, and community levels” in coastal management.

The secretariat is based at Papua New Guinea’s Centre for Locally Managed Areas coordinated by a national committee.

Aside from the learning network, the ADB, IUCN, and government representatives agreed to find ways to support and integrate good practices to site or pilot project implementations.

Issues such as community engagement, planning, implementation, governance, cross-cutting (which includes income generation), and conflict management were also discussed.

There are 14 coastal provinces in Papua New Guinea which are expected to benefit from the learning initiative. The learning and training initiatives will support Oro province in addition to seven more provinces that need learning and training support.

Funding for the sites was also discussed. Oro province has been selected to be a target outreach province for community influencers and trainers to conduct learning exchanges.

 

Etika Rupeni, IUCN

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