The coastline forests and mangroves of Wabumari are home to a diverse mix of wildlife; kingfishers, turtles, and crocodiles.

Across Papua New Guinea, there are nearly a thousand languages spoken. In Wabumari most people speak English, the local language Lausaha, and at least one other. Some speak as many as six. No matter the language, the local community are united by their forest, and a common goal to protect it.

Like many coastal communities in the Pacific, Wabumari is already facing the effects of climate change. Flooding, El Niño and severe weather patterns are damaging natural sea defences like mangroves.

Concerned about encroaching deforestation, Wabumari asked Cool Earth to help address the poverty that often drives forest loss. Working with the community to create diverse income streams, Cool Earth is helping increase financial resilience and deviate pressure away from the forest.


Wabumari | Rainforest in Milne Bay Province | Cool Earth Partnership



Poor health in the community makes it much harder for people to earn a living. The nearest health centre is expensive, especially when people need to make regular visits due to poor health and sanitation.

Poverty often leaves little choice but to sell trees to loggers.

The local mangrove ecosystem has a high water table and human and animal waste often flood into gardens. Increased saltwater flooding from storms also doesn’t drain away easily, spoiling crops.


Planned outcomes

Cool Earth aims to give people the capacity to make a choice on where they invest in their futures.

Clean water and reduced contamination from the water tanks will lead to better wellbeing, leaving more time available to be spent on livelihoods.  Financially resilient, healthy communities are better placed to keep their trees standing.

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