Bismarck Sea Papua New Guinea

Building capacity for sustainable and responsible development in the Bismarck Sea, PNG

2015 – 2017

Building Capacity for Sustainable and Responsible Development in the Bismarck Sea is a collaborative project designed to help people in New Britain plan for the best possible future development in their region.

The Bismarck Sea is the jewel in Papua New Guinea’s crown, with abundant natural resources including fish, reefs and mineral deposits. There are many opportunities for mining, agriculture, fisheries and tourism. However, to plan effectively decision-makers must first consider the potential unintended consequences of development on communities and the environment.

To build a strong economy and ensure that any negative impacts are minimised, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an international conservation NGO, and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, are working with government, industry and communities to design decision-making tools and processes so that decision makers can consider the social and environmental costs and benefits of future development across land and sea.

The project contributes to Papua New Guinea’s National Plan of Action for the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI). Launched in 2009, the CTI’s goal is to achieve conservation of marine biodiversity and food security through sustainable resource management.

For more information please go to the project website –



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Key contacts

CSIRO Land & Water

James Butler

T: +61 437 030 120

The Nature Conservancy

Barbara Masikee

E: bmasike@TNC.ORG
T: +67 5 7170 4465

The Nature Conservancy

Nate Peterson

E: npeterson@TNC.ORG
T: +61 7 3214 6919