The RCF Crater Mountain Project works closely with local people from the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area (Crater WMA for short), an area of 2,700 square kilometers of mostly pristine rainforest spanning three provinces (EHP, Chimbu and Gulf) in some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the country. The project attempts to provide information, raise awareness, and work with local communities to sustainably use natural resources without depleting them irreversibly. It also provides assistance to resource owners in developing their own environmentally friendly enterprises as an alternative option to selling their natural resources to exploitative outside interests.
The RCF Crater Mountain Project is involved in these activities in order to preserve PNG’s biodiversity and natural resources for the future livelihood security of PNG’s people. The RCF Crater Mountain Project has changed its approach in working with the local people of the CMWMA from an ICAD – ‘Integrated Conservation and Development’ approach to a ‘Facilitation Approach’.
Through the facilitation approach, the RCF Crater Mountain Project is working with the local people by facilitating activities under two main areas of:
- Natural Resource Management
- Rural Livelihoods
With this facilitation approach, experts with technical skills and knowledge are engaged to work with the local people in various activities.