Participatory Land Use Planning Expands in Papua New Guinea
For more than 10 years, nine remote villages in the Adelbert Range of Papua New Guinea have been practicing participatory land use management planning (PLUMP), supported by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and in collaboration with USAID LEAF. PLUMP is a bottom-up process where everyone who has a stake in conserving natural resources and mitigating the effects of climate change has a say in the management and use of village lands. Just outside the borders of these villages lies the community of Wagedave, which, having witnessed the impact of PLUMP on their neighbors, is embarking on their own PLUMP process this year. Using guidelines and resources developed by TNC and USAID LEAF, Wagedave will be able to implement PLUMP with assistance from its neighbors, effectively zoning the entire land area belonging to the village into six specific-use plots: conservation, gardening, agriculture, forest use, hunting and village development.