Milne Bay Province

Papua New Guinea is a country of incredible diversity. Nearly 1000 languages are spoken. Over three-quarters of the country is covered in the world’s third-largest rainforest, sheltering more undiscovered species than anywhere on Earth.

Without action, advancing palm oil plantations, corruption and logging are threatening this forest. It is poised on the brink of disaster. Once destroyed, it can take hundreds of years for rainforest to regenerate.

In Milne Bay Province in eastern Papua New Guinea, Cool Earth is working alongside the villages of Gadaisu, Wabumari and Sololo, a total population of 652 people, protecting hundreds of acres of rainforest.

We’re aiming to reduce deforestation within the partnership areas while improving community incomes. Putting people first, as in Peru, but using different approaches suitable to local culture and traditions. A community-led approach helping to protect rainforest around the world.

Where We Work

Milne Bay Province

Stats from our Papua New Guinea partnerships


East Papua New Guinea



Palm Oil, Selective Logging





types of animal sheltered



Endangered Species Protected



Cool Earth | Aerial drone footage of rainforest in Papua New Guinea

“The forest is very important to us. It’s where we find our means and ways of living. If we have no forest, we won’t be surviving.  I am very pleased and proud of Cool Earth. Cool Earth will do its best for the community.”

Wendy Sema, Gadaisu Village


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