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Marine Environment Education Program

Mahonia Na Dari Inc - Papua New Guinea

Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Project

The purpose and aim of Mahonia Na Dari (MND) Research and Conservation Centre located on the northern shores of West New Britain Island Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is to understand and conserve the natural environment of Kimbe Bay and Papua New Guinea for the benefit of present and future generations.

MND sees its primary role in this aim to continue to enact and teach the Marine Environment Education Program or MEEP which it developed to focus on youth marine conservation and resource management education. MND initiated the program in 1997 in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy.

The program has been modified and technically evolved with the assistance of marine biology researchers from James Cook University, Townsville, Australia based at Mahonia Na Dari Research Centre over a period of 24 years. The course has been conducted to many thousands of elementary, primary and high school students in PNG. MEEP has application to all Coral Triangle and Pacific Island countries.

Start Date: 31/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2029

Lead Contact: Cecilie Benjamin (