The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Cardno International Development the Papua New Guinea “Look after the Environment” or Lukautim GraunProgram. This program aims to reduce environmental threats to biodiversity in the country over five years.
Cardno brings more than 50 years in international development experience, including all five decades in Asia Pacific. Cardno works at the national, provincial, and local levels to strengthen the management of lands and waters that support land and sea biodiversity.
Cardno will provide expertise in public and private sector institutional capacity building, private sector engagement and alliance building, and strategic communication and public outreach.
“This program will be crucial to improving awareness and taking action towards protecting environmental systems and ultimately the country’s economic systems,” said Jaleen Moroney, Cardno International Development U.S. President. “We look forward to providing our longstanding technical expertise in the areas of environmental resilience and biodiversity conservation as USAID Philippines’ implementing partners.”
Biodiversity – or variety of life on earth – has been diminishing over time but serves humankind from health to ecosystems balance. About 6 percent of the world’s animal and plant species are in Papua New Guinea, many of which are exclusive to the island. As one of only 17 “megadiverse countries” in the world –according to American environmental nonprofit Conservation International – the country is in a position to translate its natural resource wealth into sustainable social and economic development for its citizens.
Through the USAID-funded program, Cardno will work to enhance the capacity of the country’s public and private sectors to regulate and mitigate threats to biodiversity, including logging, mining, unsustainable subsistence, commercial agriculture and fishing, among others.