Scientific Design of a Resilient Network of Marine Protected Areas Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Alison Green, Paul Lokani, Stuart Sheppard, Jeanine Almany, Stephen Keu, Joseph Aitsi, Joseph Warku Karvon, Richard Hamilton & Geoff Lipsett-Moore
Created: 12/31/2006 -


The Nature Conservancy’s vision for Kimbe Bay is to “Harness traditional and community values to protect and use land and sea resources in ways that maintain the exceptional natural and cultural heritage of the bay”. This will be achieved by working with local communities, governments and other stakeholders to establish a resilient network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and develop strategies for improved management of marine resources and land use practices. This report focuses on a critical step in this process– designing a resilient network of MPAs for Kimbe Bay.

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Community / Local
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Enhance migration corridors and other connectivity measures
Create new refugia / Increase size and amount of protected areas
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Ocean acidification
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Water temperature