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Friday, April 15, 2011

Karkum's saving leatherback turtles

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  1. Achievements:

    Our efforts has translated into tangible outcomes including but not limited to:

    1) In 2008, Karkum village has established PNG’s first Conservation Deed Trust;
    2) Karkum villagers have engaged in beach monitoring and tagging exercises since 2009. They have supplied turtle monitoring data to the South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) in 2010.
    3) In 2010, SPREP pledged its commitment to become Makata’s long-term partners in sustaining the turtle conservation program after a delegation visited Karkum;
    4) Karkum villagers have benefitted from economic spin-offs from tourists. The Australian High Commissioner to PNG Mr Ian Kemish has supported Karkum with a substantial financial assistance. The National Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Alliance (NAILSMA) delegation has visited Karkum and donated educational awareness materials, and other equipment to Karkum.
    5) World Bank, PNG and Cathy Edmunds from Port Moresby International School have donated cartons of library books to schools in our project sites since 2010.
    6) With WWF-grant in 2009, we managed to do a base-line study for Rai coast also in Madang Province with the intention to extend our programs there. We also supplied computer and accessories to Karkum village from this fund;
    7) We are represented on the Mineral Policy Institute Board in 2010/2011;
    8) We continue to strengthen partnership with scientists, resource owners and interested stakeholders to address the issues of sea bed mining and sea tailings disposals in the Pacific region.