Monitoring biodiversity is one of the best ways to make sure that forest protection is working.
By recording the numbers and types of different species in the forest we can tell that the forest is healthy. Degraded forests have far less biodiversity, and the surest sign of forest health is bigger animals, like large birds, and predators.
In our Orangerie Bay partnership in Papua New Guinea, we’ve been holding workshops in the primary school in Gadaisu.
We asked the children to draw pictures of their favourite animals and plants and got some of amazing drawings, from fish and turtles to birds of paradise and snakes. And of course, lots of trees.
Some very brave volunteers stood up at the front of the class to pretend to be some of the different animals that are found in Papua New Guinea. We had a wonderful harpy eagle, a Southern Crowned pigeon, a tree kangaroo and a banana plant.
The children live in one of the most biodiverse places on the earth and it’s no surprise that they quickly understood how food webs and interdependencies work. Without tree kangaroos to eat fruit from the trees and spread the tree seeds, there are less seedlings and new trees. With no tree kangaroos, the harpy eagles will have less to eat. The children realise how important it is to conserve every part of the food chain, including the plants that are at the beginning of each and every one. Thanks to your support, forest protection will be second nature to these future guardians of the forest.
Watch a video of the workshops: