On top of which, Papua New Guinea is sat on the Equator and is blessed with up to 9m of rainfall a year, fecund soils and is home to valuable minerals like gold, oil, nickel and silver. The 7m population, made up of thousands of clans and speaking more than 1,000 languages is almost entirely self-sufficient in food. The opportunity for WWF is to work with the almost incalculable biodiversity and the communities who live amongst it to develop sustainable livelihoods, land-use planning, develop resiliance to climate change and promote renewables to ensure they avoid the mistakes made by industrialised nations in the past.
WWF has been working in Papua New Guinea since 1995 and has had a substantial influence on conservation work in the country. It is now based in Madang, on the Bismark Sea and comes under the umbrella of WWF’s Pacific Programme Office.