Research & Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Education Program is currently implementing several projects. Program staff are working on a climate change adaptation project in Eastern Highlands Province. This project is funded by Bread for the World – Germany. The program is just winding down on the preparation phase of the project. The three year project will commence mid-year 2014. This project aims to strengthen vulnerable communities in EHP to adapt to climate change. Activities include materials production, awareness and education. Apart from working with teachers and students, the program will engage with selected communities in Daulo district of EHP. The project commences in 2014 and ends in June 2017.
The program also is implementing another project on Enhancing environment and culture through education and dialogue. This is a two year project funded by the Christensen Fund – USA. This project promotes biodiversity and culture protection. Activities include tertiary training, teacher training, awareness, conservation education resource centres, bio-culture classes and bio-culture dialogue and documentation. Project commenced in March 2014 and ends in February 2016.
Program staff are also working on three sub-contracts from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The MARSH project involves the production of a Mangrove Teachers Resource Book and teacher training. AusAid Phase 2 Climate Change involves the setting up of two Climate Change Education Resource Centres in Kavieng and Lorengau respectively. Also climate change awareness materials will be produced targeting school students. The centre’s will be a point of information source on climate change for students and the general public in the two provincial towns.
The third sub-contract is Ikundi/Souwi valley project. Activities involve teacher resource book production and training.
Currently there are seven staff implementing project activities and two additional officers should be recruited mid-year.