A Just World for All
In the Central Province of Papua New Guinea we are supporting the work of the Kyeema Foundation in the introduction of village chickens as an alternative protein source on overfished reefs. A major obstacle for the sustainability of conservation projects is compliance among coastal communities, especially if it means short-term reductions in fish catch. This unique village chickens project addresses this problem by introducing alternative protein sources to fish that runs in parallel with community-led coastal conservation and livelihood initiatives run by JWP’s regional partners, SELF, Corals 4 Conservation and Hiri Coral. Community-led conservation initiatives include reef and mangrove restoration activities, locally-managed marine protected areas and in the supplementation of livelihoods, such as the introduction of local chicken feed production and household garden farming activities.
The project works closely with the PNG Local Level Government Representative Councillors; Provincial DPI and Fisheries, as well as ensuring close coordination with the National Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority and National Fisheries Authority, to ensure the project continues to meet GoPNG objectives. JWP are a strategic and capacity building partner for the project, focusing on fundraising, stakeholder engagement and the establishment of working partnerships for project expansion.
Every pound donated to this project will go directly to the work being done in Papua New Guinea, as well as towards the expansion of the project to other areas of PNG and in the wider Pacific Region.
In Fiji, chicken farming in the villages has mostly died out since the introduction of the mongoose, which kills all the babies and sometimes the adult chickens. Fiji imports over 20 million fertile eggs and baby chicks per year, but these imported chicks do poorly in the village conditions and do not breed well. At the Sustainable & Environmental Livelihoods Farm (SELF), Sigatoka, they have crossed local chickens with imported breeds to create a very productive cross breed of chickens. The new ‘Happy Chickens’ breed can be over twice as big as the local breeds, and the hens lay very well.
SELF began producing and distributing these village-adapted chickens in order to ensure local fishing communities would have an alternative protein and income source in order to have successful no-fish zones and locally-managed marine areas (LMMA’s). This has been a successful strategy for SELF and they have now produced over 30,000 so far and have distributed them throughout Fiji. SELF continues to strive to find the most successful island-adapted chicken breeds, as well as research in to chicken feed from locally-grown plant species.
Every pound donated will go directly towards the running of the project and in to the continued research in to village-adapted chicken breeds and locally-grown chicken feeds.
On Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati, JWP are supporting Corals 4 Conservation in the rehabilitation of the nearshore coral reefs after the 2015 coral bleaching event, where the Island lost over 90% of its nearshore living coral. The project has worked with local government officials and communities to establish a coral nursery, to help increase the reproduction of bleaching resistant coral species and speed up natural reef building processes. Through these humble efforts, the Line Islands has become a leading edge in the battle against permanent damage to one of the planet’s main life support systems. Additional resources and partnerships continue to be sought in order to support this vital work.
JWP is also working with Corals 4 Conservation in the organisation of workshops and facilitation meetings on the island to support local communities of Kiribati in the introduction of alternative livelihoods to help adapt and offer resilience to future environmental changes caused by climate change. These workshops have included the training of households in the harvesting and production of naturally occurring food sources, seaweed farming and seaweed products, poultry raising and in local plant-based poultry feed.
Every pound donated will go directly towards the upkeep and expansion of the coral nursery and future community adaptation projects.
In Funafuti, training in Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods has been organised and carried out in collaboration with Ridge to Reef Tuvalu (R2R) and Corals for Conservation Fiji (C4C). The training of community facilitators and community development workers has taken place to strengthen local project planning, stakeholder engagement and capacity building on future conservation efforts.
Due to degraded marine resources in Funafuti, C4C was also contracted by R2R Tuvalu to conduct training on coral restoration on Marine resource recovery through community- conservation areas and fish habitat restoration of mangroves and corals, using bleaching resistant corals for climate adaptation.
The work by C4C on this project has been co-funded by The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, JWP and private ‘Global Giving’ donations. Donations to this project will go directly to C4C to continue the consultation and training of Tuvaluans working on the R2R Tuvalu project.