A Papua New Guinea PhD scholar says her country can benefit enormously from having traditional knowledge integrated into government policy on sustainability.
Sangion Appiee-Tiu graduated this week from the University of Waikato in New Zealand where she has been the inaugural recipient of the Dr Zena Daysh Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability.
She said the connection between sustainability and traditional practices could inform government policy that better protects PNG's custom society, its resources and way of life.
"I believe that can, at least in terms of policy making at the government level, that can help those who are making decisions to look at this and be able to consider that when they are making decisions so it doesn't affect our environment and the things that people use around us."
Sangion Appiee-Tiu is this week returning to PNG where she hopes to continue her research in environment and conservation.