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Marine conservation program

A group of passionate youths in Port Moresby have initiated a unique awareness program that aims to protect and conserve the marine resources along the coast of Barakau village in Central Province.

The team, through a successful collaboration with the locals in their villages, have agreed to establish the Eda Davara Marine Sanctuary at Kohua beach, along the Barakau village coastline.

The marine sanctuary is home to a 500-metre-wide Mangrove Forest and pristine sea grass community that grows along its shores.

The sanctuary has been reserved for conservation, research and awareness, but they have taken the initiative to the next level with their inaugural eco-explorers program which is reserved for Primary and Secondary school children. Spokesperson Dika Kwa said that school children living in Port Moresby who have an interest in science or marine biology are encouraged to attend the program which will be held this Saturday at the Sanctuary.

“During the course of the program, the kids are taught how to identify different mangrove and sea grass species using simple ecological sampling techniques. They also get to explore the sanctuary and dive in the pristine waters of the beach.

“Our main objective is to educate our children to better understand their marine environment and appreciate its importance and value. We elaborate on how different organisms affect each other to survive in their changing environment.”

“The whole learning experience is interactive, practical and fun. This is something that we hope can spark their interest.”

in becoming responsible citizens in the future, who appreciate and respect their environment.”

Miss Kwa further added that parents or guardians who want their children to attend the program must accompany them to the sanctuary.

“Children from the Gaire, Barakau and Tubuserea villages are welcome to attend our sessions for free. For our Port Moresby kids, we have a small fee to charge for transport and associated costs.

We can be reached on our social media platforms,” she said.

“We had our first program last week Saturday which was hailed a success, but we hope this Saturday’s group will be much bigger. We have plans to expand to reach as many kids as we can in the future.”

The team formally registered as KataLite Consultancy is made up of current and former Science students from the Pacific Adventist University and the University of Papua New Guinea, who have a keen interest in the field of marine biology and conservation.