About this document
Papua New Guinea is committed to the establishment of a network of marine protected areas. This report provides a first step analysis of areas of potential high conservation interest in the Papua New Guinea marine environment based on an analysis of existing uses (mining, shipping, fishing, protected areas, other human use), physical and biological characteristics. Conservation planning software was used to produce maps of these areas and various scenarios based on the principles of comprehensiveness, adequacy, representation and resilience.
This project was funded through the Australian Aid Public Sector Linkages Program, administered through the then Australian Government Department of the Environment. It was a collaboration through the Department of Environment and Conservation (now the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority) bringing together PNG Government agencies and a range of implementing partners including the Australian Government (Department of the Environment, CSIRO), The Nature Conservancy and The University of Queensland.
It has been posted on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website with permission from the PNG Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency.