AWARDS for Papua New Guinea Conservation Area
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AWARDS for Papua New Guinea Conservation Area

In a rare win for biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), an alliance of ten clans shared in UNDP’s Equator Prize for their collaborative project on rainforest protection, winning US$10,000, praise at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) last December and recognition at a recent national award ceremony in PNG (Figure 1). […]

Oceania and the lands that data forgot
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Oceania and the lands that data forgot

Previously (El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD), I wrote about the effects of the 2015-16 El Niño event in Papua New Guinea. People in the high altitude and rain shadow areas of the country had suffered severe food shortages, while neither the National Disaster Centre nor its provincial affiliates had the resources to send staff […]

El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD
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El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD

In an earlier post (The Pacific missing in action at Perth III?), I mentioned the devastating effect that the 2015 El Niño event was having in Papua New Guinea (PNG): frosts in August 2015 had killed the sweet potato crop in areas above 2000 m and severe drought conditions had set in elsewhere. The rains […]

The Pacific: Missing in action at Perth III?
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The Pacific: Missing in action at Perth III?

The Perth III: Mountains of our Future Earth conference was notable for the absence of Pacific researchers. Pies summarising the geographical representation of the 400+ conference presentations in 2010 and in 2015 showed that Pacific participation remained steady at a feeble 1% (Plate 1). In 2015, I and a single researcher from New Zealand were […]

Ox-eye daisy: A not-so-fairy fairytale
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Ox-eye daisy: A not-so-fairy fairytale

Let me tell you a little story. It is an impressive story, one of the more exciting stories from the world of plant invasions I have heard so far. It sounds like a fairytale, but do not expect a happy ending, as it is real life we are talking about. The setting is Australia, the […]

A newly climbed peak in Papua New Guinea
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A newly climbed peak in Papua New Guinea

Underscoring the knowledge gaps in the mountain areas of Oceania, and the need for an MRI Oceania network, a peak in Papua New Guinea (PNG) argued as one of the world’s previously unclimbed ultra prominences (where the summit height above the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit is greater than 1500 m) […]

Long-term forest use in the Papua New Guinean mountains
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Long-term forest use in the Papua New Guinean mountains

When visiting one of the fastest growing cities in Oceania, Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea (annual growth rate of 2.1 % according to UN figures), the high rainforest covered mountains of the Owen Stanley Range sit as a prominent backdrop. Reaching an elevation of over 4000 m above sea level, the names of […]

Environmental governance in Papua New Guinea
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Environmental governance in Papua New Guinea

There is at present no MRI Oceania network but the biogeography and human ecology region – which stretches across the 25 or so countries and territories of the Pacific to Australia and the island of New Guinea to its north – is dominated by high mountain ranges. Papua New Guinea, an independent state forming the […]