Local food security and community health depends on the Milne Bay ecosystem, which contains 32 percent of PNG’s highly biodiverse coral reefs. However, this globally important ecosystem is under threat from over-fishing, land-based pollution, and climate change impacts, including the growing frequency of intense storms and cyclones, progressively rising sea levels, and warmer air and sea surface temperatures.
With a grant from the Pacific-American Climate Fund, Conservation International (CI) PNG will assist communities on four islands in Milne Bay Province to heighten their awareness of climate change impacts and empower them to engage in local ecosystem management and climate adaptation.
This will be done through the creation of video products derived from traditional and contemporary community storytelling, revolving around environmental issues. CI PNG has found that if people collect their own stories and evaluate their own situation in terms of resource management, the impact is decidedly more powerful than general awareness messages.
Selected innovators from each community will be given the tools and basic training to record their communities’ stories and concerns about climate changes and risks. These participatory videos will be shared across the islands and Local Marine Management Area (LMMA) networks through local schools. The Milne Bay communities will also be provided with additional visual and interactive materials, including an easy-to-use “Spreading the Reach” marine resource management toolkit for communities.
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