IUCN Oceania convened meetings in Papua New Guinea with a range of stakeholders to extend its activities under the project, Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase II), funded by the Asian Development Bank.
IUCN Oceania is implementing two components of this project. One looks at strengthening environmental law and at building the capacity of lawyers in environmental law and the second looks at the development of regional learning forums for dissemination of best practices in integrated coastal resources management. Activities are focused in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.
On the week of 26 August, a workshop was convened in Port-Moresby that brought together 24 participants from government departments, the public sector, private lawyers, non-government organizations, academia and international agencies and donors. The workshop (and other meetings) was held to introduce the environmental law component of the project and to scope next steps, partnerships and linkages with existing local projects. Discussions resulted in the formation of an environment law working group, paving the way toward the creation of an environmental law association in PNG. The environmental law working group will support the project by taking a lead role in defining the project’s activities and in their implementation.
In parallel, the learning component partners met to further discuss ways to capture lessons learned as part of the PNG ADB-Coral Triangle Pacific country project, and it was agreed that the IUCN Learning Component was to work with the PNG Learning and Training Network (LTN).
PNG LTN focuses its efforts on training and sharing good practices in coastal management. The network was established by conservation NGOs, community groups and government departments in PNG with the objective to capture lessons learned at national, provincial and community levels.
The overall aim of the project is to build more resilient marine and coastal ecosystems to halt and reverse the productivity decline in these systems. Specifically, the project aims to strengthen the capabilities of national and local institutions in sustainable coastal and marine resources management and encourage coastal communities to apply best practices in ecosystem-based fishery management and climate change adaptation.
More information on this project can be found here.