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.
TNC and CSIRO will develop tools with stakeholders to provide information that can inform strategic decision-making, including:
Integrated Planning Processes
By reviewing historical decisions in New Britain and the Bismarck Sea (e.g. mining, oil palm expansion, Locally Managed Marine Areas, fishery closures, logging), the project has identified key stakeholders that should be linked to improve future decision-making processes.
Pilot planning workshops
Likely future development decisions will be explored through pilot planning workshops in which stakeholders will apply the decision‑making tools to anticipate potential costs and benefits. This integrated management process enhances linkages and coordination amongst statutory bodies and relevant stakeholders such as communities and industries.
To date we have completed ten consultative and participatory workshops across New Britain to identify and value locally important resources, understand the decision-making processes in place, and to work through pilot planning scenarios. The Tools Workshop aims to build on this work with a focus on tangible tools that will enable LLG, District, and Provincial officers to achieve the following:
Tools to be utilized during the workshop include:
Participants will be guided in how to interpret and apply the information to develop a first cut at a Land Use Plan for their respective LLG.
|CSIRO Land & Water
|The Nature Conservancy
|The Nature Conservancy