Submitted by: Partners With Melanesians Inc.
Implemented country: Papua New Guinea
Title: Ona Keto reforestation project protects biodiversity in Papua New Guinea
In the past 30 years the natural oak forests in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea have nearly disappeared. Agriculture, coffee plantations, goat pasture land and slash-and-burn policy have effected a decimation of the forest. The ensuing difficulties are reflected in the difficulty in acquiring firewood and construction wood and in soil erosion. This project is an initiative of the communities of Keto and Ona and serves as a showcase project demonstrating that reforestation can be very successful through the involvement and mobilization of the local population. By 2009 some 320 hectares were replanted and the local fauna and flora were boosted.