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Mangrove nursery to ease impact of Papua LNG

BY MAXINE KAMUS

The opening of the Koke Hanua Mangrove Nursery yesterday at Boera village by TotalEnergies EP PNG in partnership with local business owners of Koke Hanua is in-line to mitigate the impact of the Papua LNG Project along the Caution Bay area.

TotalEnergies EP PNG Managing Director Jean-Marc Noiray thanked the representative of Koke Hanua Ms Ulato Avei and her family seeing and aligning the vision for their business with Papua LNG Project’s strategy of mitigation of the project’s environmental impact.

Mr Noiray said this partnership and collaboration will see the development of a mangrove ecotourism discovery centre close to the bustling and growing amazing city of Port Moresby.

He said their pipelines bringing gas and condensate to the liquefaction and export facilities within the PNGLNG site will impact a corridor of mangroves at Caution Bay and this nursery objective is to more than compensate this impact as per their Zero Net Deforestation (ZND) target.

“We are convinced it will become a new must-see for tourists and residents alike and above all an educational location for schools and young people, to gain an appreciation of the importance of this wider natural habitat and ecosystem so important for future generations.

In a world suffering from climate change, the expectations of the public are logically growing every day towards fossil fuels projects. Hence the imperative requirement shared by all project partners to conduct our project in an exemplary way from all points of view, and in particular regarding the environment,” Mr Noiray said.

He said building the Papua LNG facilities will inevitably impact the environment and biodiversity.

“Exemplarity translates here in two self-imposed obligation: net gain in terms of biodiversity and zero net deforestation,” he said.

The Papua LNG Mangrove Conservation and Rehabilitation initiative will be centred around the Mangrove Discovery Centre at Koke Hanua with a Cafe mangrove nursery and broad walks aimed at attracting tourists and providing jobs and economic development opportunities to the local community.