WCS is the longest established international conservation NGO within PNG, and has been undertaking conservation work in the country since the 1970s. Today, WCS PNG employs around 50 staff based at four offices around the country; they include 30 full time staff members and another 20 part time community facilitators who are locally based staff close to WCS’s project sites. WCS works with local communities on a wide range of conservation issues and in a number of landscapes, varying from the coral islands of the Bismark Sea, to highlands areas of montane forest and limestone kaarst.
The vision of WCS PNG is: “Gutpela sindaun, gutpela solwara, gutpela bus”, which translates to, “Empowered people with healthy forests and seas”.
The PNG country vision fits within the global vision of WCS, which “envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and includes the Bismarck Archipelago and the island of Bougainville. It is a large tropical country rich in biodiversity, containing around 8% of global species in less than 1% of the global land area.
PNG retains large areas of intact rainforest and globally important wildlife such as the iconic and spectacular Birds of Paradise and the giant flightless Cassowarys, unusual mammals such as Tree Kangaroos and the egg-laying Long-beaked Echidna, and the world’s most diverse coral seas. PNG is also the most linguistically and culturally diverse nation on earth, with over 800 recognized languages and more than 1000 cultural groups.
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