Empowering Villagers in Papua New Guinea

Nov 23, 2012

Sepik River communities need a formal association to communicate their concerns

Sepik River region residents (photo:SWMI)
Sepik River region residents (photo:SWMI)

The follow-up work to the baseline study undertaken since the beginning of 2012 has continued at a slower pace than expected given the complications and obstacles of travel in the area. As with the river communities along the Mid Sepik the main form of transport is by river. Part of the follow-up work was to extend the fact finding survey to the Lower Sepik area, which involves working closely and at length with local community leaders.

Despite the difficulties in reaching some of the areas and the lack of an adequate communications infrastructure, there is a positive sense among the villagers who feel that the formation of a formal association to represent the interest of the river communities is highly appropriate. This would be the best way to communicate the opinions, concerns and hopes of the local people whose lives and livelihoods are being affected by mining interests in the region.


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Project Leader

Philip Lee

Toronto, Ontario Canada

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