UC researchers lead conservation initiative in Papua New Guinea

Another exciting update from the Kikori Project Conservation Initiative in Papu New Guinea, led by researchers from the Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra.

The Kikori team have been facilitating the hatching of pig-nosed turtles at local primary schools, in an effort to raise awareness to protect the vulnerable species from over-harvesting. These hatchings and over 70 more where released in the Kikori Delta last month.

This initiative follows the extremely successful launch of a children’s book in Papua New Guinea late last year that holds a strong message about the threat of invasive animals on the biodiversity of Lake Kutubu, located in the countries Southern Highlands Province. The books forms part of a series written by Carla Eisemberg, that promotes conservation and sustainability in the region.

Biodiversity Advisor Jane Mogina supported the underlying messages of the book – “The impact of invasive species cannot be overestimated, neither can the importance of raising community awareness. This book will help immensely by bringing the issue to the minds of the next generation, at an age when they are receptive to new ideas.”

Eric Manasi, a member of the pig nosed turtle conservation team in the Kikori, supported this view. “Protecting Lake Kutubu is particularly important as the lake contains 12 unique fish species found nowhere else in the world.”

For more information on the project: http://bit.ly/1kVANmF

Image credit: Yolarnie Amepou