Degradation and reduced complexity of native forests is occurring in many regions of the country due to heavy utilization and limited focus of maintenance of sustainable practices for management of land. Modified and degraded landscapes are now becoming dominant in many locations with non indigenous plantings widespread in the Islands of PNG. Without change to peoples mindset and action at the village level the future will see ongoing reduction in capacity for clan land to be the foundation for sustainable livelihoods.

One family in the west coast of Buka began an experiment on clan land 20 years ago. Inpart, this was in response to Government advice to diversify agroforestry to raise economic development but it also was about ensuring clan belief to caretake their forest and provide for upcoming generations.

Buka, PNG
5,000
Lukis Romaso
Buka Community

  • 20%
    November 20, 2013

    Clearing and Planting to Begin

    Within six months, Buka Sustainable Livelihood Forestry has made significant progress. Key learning so far includes; not relying too much on delivery by the public service system, to use as much local knowledge as can be because it is cheaper than government delivery systems and highly paid consultants and to utilise local knowledge to resolve local problems.

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    Within six months, Buka Sustainable Livelihood Forestry has made significant progress. Key learning so far includes; not relying too much on delivery by the public service system, to use as much local knowledge as can be because it is cheaper than government delivery systems and highly paid consultants and to utilise local knowledge to resolve local problems.

    Accessing seedlings in from outside the project area has not been easy because the latter is an isolated area cut off from road network and sea transport. However by end of this month a motorised dinghy will be purchased which will be available to the project when required. The Eco-forestry Project is of mix species; some (kwila, vitex) of which take over one hundred years to fully mature and some take only 20 years ready to harvest.

    The area being cleared for planting is thick brush with lots of trees in between that require a chain saw for cleaning up. The project owner will purchase two chainsaws next month for this project.

    Finance: total of K5, 444 has been spent so far; Grant funding K1, 820 for labour, Project owner 3, 624 for boat hire, seedlings and hand tools.

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