Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has worked with Caritas Papua New Guinea since 2002 on a range of projects and activities, such as education on elections, and advocacy and research on large-scale logging. In 2010, we supported a review to develop a fresh mandate and structure for the organisation. We are now helping implement a new operational plan.
We also support the following key programmes:
Caritas Papua New Guinea’s advocacy programme continues to research and raise awareness among communities of the impacts of logging, mining and palm oil plantations. It has worked with communities to counter prostitution and arms trading in areas where these kinds of industries take place.
Caritas Papua New Guinea has done advocacy work around protecting customary lands against palm oil. This has led in part to a pilot project for 140 families in the small village of Kapo in Kimbe, West New Britain Province. Oil palm plantations threaten people’s livelihoods and customary lands. Cocoa and coconut production provide an alternative income source to the short-term economic gains offered by palm oil companies buying or leasing customary land. The project aims to improve yields and develop people’s skills, abilities and natural resources.