The Highlands of Papua New Guinea are one of the most biologically rich regions on earth. The magnificent forests of the region have supported the culture and livelihoods of communities for millennia and are famed around the world for iconic species such as birds-of-paradise and tree kangaroos.
However, as the population rapidly grows and communities seek to increase cash incomes, the region’s incredible biodiversity is declining. Iconic species such as the Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo and Pesquet’s parrot are now at risk of extinction. Forest areas are being degraded and removed entirely — both for timber and so that local people can extend garden areas adjacent to their villages.
In an effort to protect the region’s biodiversity, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) is working to support communities committed to sustainably managing their forests and wildlife while also strengthening the sustainability of community livelihoods.