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TotalEnergies open first mangrove nursery at Boera


The operator of the Papua LNG Project, TotalEnergies EP PNG along with Joint Venture partners officially opened the Koke Hanua Mangrove Nursery yesterday at Boera village in the Hiri-Koiari District of Central Province.

Building on TotalEnergies worldwide experience the project aims to build a world leading mangrove rehabilitation program here in PNG.

Working with a range of partners such Nationa Capital District (NCD), local businesses and NGOs involved in mangrove rehabilitation initiatives, the project’s aim is to re-establish damaged mangroves in the Caution Bay/Fairfax harbour precints.

TotalEnergies Biodiversity Research Lead Melliie Musonera said currently at the Koke Hanua Mangrove Nursery there are eight (8) different species of Mangrove that exists based on recent survey with the two (2) dominant species of Mangroves at the Nursery being the Rhizophora Stylosa and the Rhizophora Apiculata.

Mr Musonera said these are the Mangrove that grows towards the sea and they are the ones that prevent tides coming into the shore and they also protect the other species inland.

“The main aim of the Koke Hanua Mangrove Nursery is to grow mangrove seedlings to replant and rehabilitate the area which is estimated about two hectares of mangroves that will be cleared for the Papua LNG pipeline that will be coming into the LNG Plant.

That is the main aim of the mangrove nursery. We are eventually going to provide seedlings for our other partners as well to rehabilitate other areas along the Papuan Coastline,” Mr Musonera said.

He added that Mangroves play a very critical role in preventing soil erosion and mangrove are also important area where fish and other marine organisms come and breed but for Papua LNG the main aim is to rehabilitate the areas of mangrove that will be cleared.