Droughts have been having a devastating impact on rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea.
Once regarded as 50-year events, we have seen two major droughts in the last decade, with devastating impacts. The failure of crops and the loss of fresh water can destroy livelihoods and make villages vulnerable to approaches from oil palm companies. That’s why installing eight 9,000 litre tanks to store water from the rainy season in the community of Wabumari has been so important. They help provide a constant source of fresh water and this increases resilience to climate change – all leading to protecting forest against encroaching oil palm.