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Rebecca Samuel presents the Living With Change project while program manager Kafuri Yaro looks on

STEVEN GIMBO

MADANG - A new conservation project launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Madang has brought together a a collaboration between WWF Germany and local project partner WWF Pacific PNG.

The project is located on the province’s north coast including the districts of Madang, Sumkar and Bogia.

“WWF Pacific PNG previously implemented a climate change and coastal resiliency project in Madang,” said Rebecca Samuel, senior marine projects officer.

“This was specific to mangroves, coastal protection and reducing the impacts of flooding in collaboration with 15 coastal communities in the three districts.

“The best practices, processes, lessons and outcomes from the previous project will be used to guide wider community engagement and participation in the new, larger Living With Change project,” she said.

Project area
The project area map shows the three participating districts

Living With Change will expand upon aspects of the previous project to incorporate community fisheries, climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction to safeguard community incomes and livelihood.

Ms Samuel, who will be leading the project, told the gathering of government, partner NGOs and community leaders that the project will engage 35 village communities with a total population of about 50,000.

The districts of Madang, Sumkar and Bogia encompass an area that is almost 30% of Madang Province with a combined population of 271,000, more than half the province’s population.

Ms Samuel said Living With Change is funded by the German government and managed by WWF Germany which has identified the Coral Triangle and Pacific Islands as key regions for marine conservation in its 2016-2020 strategy.

WWF Germany continues to support WWF Pacific PNG through funding and technical advice in the framework of the Conservation of Biological Diversity Conference of Parties, the recent United Nations Oceans Conference and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP23.

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