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Participatory Land Use Management Planning Preserves Ancestral Life in the Adelberts

09 July 2015

Urumarave is one of nine communities in Madang province, Papua New Guinea, that have implemented participatory land use management planning (PLUMP), a bottom-up process that involves the local villagers in the zoning of their land. Tribal land is divided into six areas, each for a specific use: conservation, gardening, agriculture, forest use, hunting and village development. Overwhelmingly, the villagers have noticed benefits to the community and their own lives because of PLUMP implementation and they respect land use planning because it helps preserve the ways of their ancestors, who had high regard for the cultural, ecological and spiritual significance of the land.