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The April Salumei Project conserves 601,000ha of pristine tropical forest. This unique area includes wetlands and significant stores of peat soils.This area was identified for logging by the Papua New Guinea government and has now been set aside as the Pilot REDD Project. Finance from the sale of REDD credits will provide benefits to the local community as a commercial alternative to logging. This creates a living value on the existing forest as opposed to a value from harvested timber.
Papua New Guinea contains over 8% of the world’s biodiversity on less than 1% of the world’s land mass. The preservation of this area of virgin rainforest contributes to species conservation in one of the ten most important biodiversity hotspots on earth.
The Northern New Guinea lowland forests and freshwater swamp forest ecoregion is listed as a critically endangered ecoregion.
Within the project area remnant strands of Kauri Pine (Agathis Labillardieri) exist.
There are 387 endemic bird species found in the Sepik Region from 725 known to PNG. Threatened Species include the Palm Cockatoo (proboscigar aterrinus) – CITES (1), Bird of paradise (various) Southern crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri) One of the most beautiful birds you will see.
Management of the conservation benefits of the project through the identification, training and employment of Climate, Community and Biodiversity Stewards from within the project zone.