With the financial support of USAID and the technical support of PNG Research and Conservation Foundation (RCF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an IUCN member, has developed a Mangrove Teachers Resource Book for use at Primary Schools at participating MARSH sites and for other areas in New Ireland where mangroves and mangrove conservation are an important consideration.
This book was developed from RCF’s long experience of creating curricula materials, along with scientific input from WCS staff in the field.
The resource book was tested by RCF in partnership with local New Ireland NGO Ailan Awareness. The testing of the resource book was undertaken with teachers and pupils at schools on New Hanover. Following this testing, the curriculum was then modified and finalized.
With the final endorsement of the curriculum by the New Ireland Provincial Education Division, these books will be delivered to all eight communities at the participating MARSH sites as well as to other communities with mangrove areas including the education division.
This book should raise awareness and knowledge of the key role of mangroves and provide long-term support for the protection and restoration of this habitat.
IUCN’s MARSH or Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably Managed Healthy Forests project is funded by USAID and is intended to support the PNG Government in achieving the goals cited in the PNG Vision 2050. Partners include WCS, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas (PNGCLMA), PNG Assembly for Disabled Persons (PNGADP) and Partners with Melanesians (PWM).
For more information please contact Epeli Nakautoga, Water and Wetlands Project Assistant at [email protected]