Sustainable Financing of Papua New Guinea's Protected Area Network

The Sustainable Financing of Papua New Guinea’s Protected Area Network project will extend Government of PNG’s ability to fulfil its protected area mandate and implement the Protected Area Policy. It achieves this by supporting the Government to:

(i) secure stable and long-term financial resources for the management of protected areas across the country;

(ii) ensure that these financial resources are allocated to contribute to improve management effectiveness of the protected areas across the country; and,

(iii) ensure that they are managed cost-effectively and efficiently with respect to their conservation and other complementary development objectives.

In recognition of this need, the project will assist with the development of a diversified mix of conventional and innovative funding sources and consolidate revenues to finance the ongoing costs of establishing and managing protected areas. It will assist the Government to establish a Biodiversity Fund as a secure, accountable and transparent financial mechanism, for receiving, administering and disbursing funds. The project will, therefore, result in a system that will provide catalytic and long-term financial support that will lead to stable ecosystems (both within and outside of protected areas), coupled with the social transformations to ensure its sustainability (including transforming institutions to become supporters/facilitators of that process, and the establishment of long-term partnerships).

Project Objectives:

To reduce the funding gap for Papua New Guinea’s protected areas in order to improve their management effectiveness, and livelihoods of their communal landowners.

Project Outcomes:

The objective will be achieved through the implementation of three key project components (outcomes).

- Outcome 1: Enabling conditions for improving the sustainability of the protected area system.

- Outcome 2: A Biodiversity Fund for PNG established and operationalised.

- Outcome3: Mechanisms for improving management and financial sustainability of selected protected areas tested and piloted to improve knowledge and learning.

Expected Results:

  • The financial sustainability of the PA system in PNG increases from the baseline of 9% to 58%.
  • A Biodiversity Fund is fully constituted, operationally functional, and strategically focused on delivering long-term funding to support the establishment and management of the protected area system in PNG;
  • The average Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool scores of the three newly designated protected areas increases to at least 20% higher than the baseline;
  • The number of individuals [of whom 65% are women and youth] living in rural villages in and around PAs who directly benefit from the Biodiversity Fund exceeds a cumulative total of 1,200 [780 of whom are women and youth] by the end of the project.
  • The population of rare and endemic globally threated flora and fauna species in the Key Biodiversity Areas of Sepik Wetlands are maintained at the current level or increased through increased level of protection.
  • The integrity of the ecological cline of Mt Wilhelm and surrounding areas remains intact, providing ecosystem services and protecting biodiversity.
  • The ecosystems of Kimbe Bay are retained in healthy condition, with an increase in biomass of target and indicator fish species, coral, seagrass and mangrove cover.



Time Frame:

  • Project Start Date: 01 Sept 2018
  • Project End Date: 31 Aug 2025


Papua New Guinea

Focal Area:

Environment and Energy


Government of Papua New Guinea


Conservation & Environment Protection Authority

Provincial Administrations of Simbu, Madang, East Sepik and West New Britain


GEF Trust Fund

UNDP TRAC Resources


USD $11.5 million

Project Duration

2018 - 2025


Project Manager

Mr. Ted Mamu

Ph: +(675) 72159893


Chief Technical Advisor

Dr. Andrew Rylance

Ph: +(675) 70303291