Training Program on "Bird Indentification and Recording" held at the Ohu Bush Leb, November - December '07. From left to right -- front row: Stephen Sau, Mark Mulau, Bruce Isua. Second row: Sulimai Hais, Sakias Ubal, Uromi Goodale. Third row: Eben Goodale, Semuel JP.
We (Uromi and Eben) had an amazing first visit to Papua New Guinea. Yes, the bird life is pretty astounding (800 some species on the island!), but it was the people we met that made the most impression on us. Going forward, we want to combine our scientific research in PNG with activities that promote the people of PNG’s interest in their biological wealth. In particular, given our own experiences, we think tourism in PNG will continue to develop rapidly over the next twenty years, and that ecotourism represents an opportunity for conservation and development to be intertwined sustainably and bring about economic stability.
Our hope is to work with PNG’ers towards the following goals:
We made some first steps towards these goals late last year, running a workshop at Ohu village on bird identification for four young men, starting a project that aims to make a CD recording of the birds of the lowlands around Madang, and doing a career development workshop for aspiring scientists at Moraka Lutheran Reform Church near Port Moresby. We look forward expanding this program when we visit PNG again.