3 Jul 2013

PNG receives funding to help protect biodiversity

4:21 am on 3 July 2013

The United Nations Development Program and the Global Environment Fund are to give Papua New Guinea 12 million US dollars to help it protect its biodiversity.

The Minister for Environment and Conservation John Pundari says the government will create a Biodiversity Trust Fund with the money.

The Post Courier reports that the money will fund the YUS Conservation Area in Morobe Province, Tonda Wildlife Management Area in Western Province, Varirata National Park in Central Province and Managalas Plateau Wildlife Management Conservation Area in Northern Province.

Mr Pundari says PNG is blessed with great biodiversity but it needs to be well conserved, protected and promoted.

And he says protecting the country's biodiversity could generate revenues for PNG.