The capacity of the PNG Forest Authority and the University of Technology-Department of Forestry to undertake a continuous and multi-purpose forest inventory is improved.
The aim of this component is to provide both current and future staff of the PNG Forest Authority and other stakeholders with the technical capability to carry out a multi-purpose forest inventory on a regular basis. Planned activities notably include the design and delivery of field and technical training, the development of training modules for students at the University of Technology, and the development of field procedures for conducting the national forest inventory. NGOs involved in sustainable forest management and forest industry staff will also be involved in the training programme in order to extend knowledge at the local level and enhance dialogue between stakeholders.
The first multi-purpose national forest inventory of Papua New Guinea is completed.
Field data collection will be combined with the use of a satellite land monitoring system. Once a methodology has been developed and the necessary systems are in place, inventory operations will be conducted on the basis of semi-annual data collection work plans. Data will be assessed for quality, then analysed and processed, providing a basis for the formulation of recommendations to stakeholders. An on-line forest inventory database will be developed. The project will finance internships for students at the University of Technology to support implementation of the forest inventory.
Studies are undertaken on forest and tree characterisation.
Specific studies will be necessary to support the multi-purpose national forest inventory. Indeed, although biodiversity in Papua New Guinea is invaluable, available scientific data are still limited. For instance, the wood density is known only for about 50 tree species whereas hundreds of tree species grow in the country's forests. New botanical and faunal species are discovered almost every year. The assessment of the PNG forest resources needs to be carried out together with an assessment of the indigenous knowledge and use of the forest land, as these two elements will be crucial to define policies for sustainable forest management.
Studies on allometric equations, wood density, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and use of forest land, etc. will be undertaken with project support. This component is also expected to include the organisation of technical and scientific workshops involving PNG researchers, and lead to the publication of study reports and scientific papers. The project will finance internships for students at the University of Technology to support studies on forest and tree characterisation.
Policy dialogue on forestry is enhanced in the frame of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance & Trade (FLEGT) process.
A policy dialogue on forestry matters will be established through the setting-up of a high-level platform on forest governance and climate change involving the government of PNG, the EU Delegation and the FAO. This dialogue will focus on (but not be limited to) climate change, capacity building, forest inventory methods, forest governance, etc. and will aim to improve forest policies and legislation through stakeholder consultations and where necessary consultancy services. Recommendations to stakeholders based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the three first components will also feed the policy dialogue.