Our environmental specialists work closely with engineering and construction teams to implement the Project’s Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and to make improvements as we learn new information.
We implement a variety of management and monitoring measures, aimed at avoiding or mitigating any effects of construction activities on important biodiversity values. Preconstruction surveys provided the necessary data that enabled us to avoid ecologically sensitive areas and mitigate areas that were impacted, such as the reinstatement of the pipeline right of way and temporary camps, and the management of weeds. Maintaining ecological intactness, conserving priority ecosystems and protecting habitats are the main focus of the Project’s Biodiversity Strategy, and the Project is independently audited to ensure environmental compliance with international standards and best practice.
We have worked closely with the Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation and we work with conservation stakeholders to support the planning and delivery of the Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan.
The Biodiversity Program consists of five components:
- Work at the regional level to support the Department of Environment and Conservation in development of a protected area system for the Kikori River Basin.
- Work at a national level to support the Department of Environment and Conservation in furthering its objectives under the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.
- Enhancing Conservation Capacity, which involves technical capacity building for conservation through the University of Papua New Guinea in a program to be led by the Mama Graun Conservation Trust Fund.
- Enhancing and strengthening one of the existing protected areas in the Kikori River Basin.
- Establishing one or more new community-based protected areas in the Kikori River Basin.
Piku: The pig-nosed turtle
Papua New Guinea’s threatened pig-nosed turtle species (Piku) is getting a helping hand with funding from the PNG LNG Project. The Piku Conservation Project, based at the Kikori/Omati River basin, is focused on raising awareness to local schools about this unique species. More than 5,000 copies of a children’s book have been distributed to students in the West Kikori area to teach children ecological lessons about the endangered reptile, and radio plays have been aired to deliver key messages about taking care of the environment and promoting sustainability.
Environmental education at the Port Moresby Nature Park
We are a flagship sponsor for the refurbishment of the Port Moresby Nature Park, enabling the development of a walk-through exhibition for tree kangaroos and a Schools Excursion Program aimed at increasing environmental awareness. Over 6,000 children have been part of the program to date. We also support an echidna research project with the Nature Park, which will be the first institution in the world to engage in such research.