Village chicken farming project in exchange for the establishment of a 37,065-acre forest conservation area to protect the Scotts Tree Kangaroo, and formalization of an existing hunting moratorium for the Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo. (Papua New Guinea, Torricelli Mountains, Sundaun Province, 2006)
Scott's Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus scottae), locally known as Tenkile, and the Golden-Mantled Tree Kangaroo (D. pulcherimus), locally known as Weimang, are found in the remote rainforest of the Torricelli Mountains in northwestern Papua New Guinea. The populations of Tenkile and Weimang could be as low as 100 individuals, making them two of the most endangered mammals in the world. In order to save the Tenkile and Weimang, the local people realize that they must be able to provide themselves with an alternative protein source. In exchange for support from Seacology for chicken farming, the villagers will sign a total hunting ban on all species for two years, which establishes a conservation area covering 37,065 acres. Local organization, the Tenkile Conservation Alliance, will assist the villagers over the next two to three years to turn this area into a long-term formal Conservation Area recognized under PNG law, a process which is already underway.
Construction of a literacy school for the Gaigibi community in support of the establishment of a 25-acre highlands forest conservation area (Papua New Guinea, Mt. Elimbari, Chimbu Province, 2005)
Chimbu Province in the Papua New Guinean Highlands is the most densely populated province in the country. Almost all the existing old-growth forest is restricted to the least accessible isolated peaks of the region. The Gaigibi community, who live on the slopes of the 9,020-foot Mt. Elimbari, has set aside 25 acres of forest as a community conservation project. They have already demarcated the area, produced a set of rules for its usage and have a governing committee. To support this conservation area, Seacology will provide funding for the construction and furnishing of a school building to be used for adult and child literacy teaching. Children and adults from 19 villages, with a population of around 17,000, will be eligible to attend the school.
School buildings for the community of Sawasawaga in exchange for the establishment of a 50-acre coastal conservation area (Papua New Guinea, Sariba Island, Milne Bay Province, 2005)
The area surrounding the Sawasawaga community has exceptionally high marine biodiversity and is characterized by extensive mangrove forest and seagrass habitat, which are regularly frequented by the globally vulnerable dugong and are home to the increasingly threatened crocodile. Seacology will provide funding to construct a new school for the Sawasawaga community and rehabilitate three existing teachers' houses, as the present ones are in a serious state of dilapidation. In exchange, the community will set up a minimum 50-acre protected area (encompassing an area of coral reefs, open sea, seagrass, mangrove and forest), which they will commit to protecting for a minimum of 10 years.
Construction of three community resource centers in support of several hundred thousand acres of rainforest protection (Papua New Guinea, Mt. Bosavi, 2003)
The Mt. Bosavi Region in southern Papua New Guinea encompasses about 2,000,000 acres of virgin rainforest. The indigenous residents of the region's widely scattered 28 villages are highly dependent upon their environment. Kosuo Orogo Resource Holders Association Inc. (KORA) is a community-based organization initiated by Bosavi clan leaders to promote greater awareness of the negative impacts of industrial logging and to encourage traditional beliefs in the sustainable use of biodiversity. As a result of KORA's influence, community members have committed to rejecting large-scale logging proposals, and have agreed to set aside five Wildlife Management Areas totaling several hundred thousand acres. In exchange for this sacrifice, Seacology is providing KORA the funding for three community resource centers and supplies for alternative income-generating activities. Logistical assistance for this project is being provided by World Wildlife Fund-Kikori.