Manuscript on climate change-induced droughts, regenerating forests, forest carbon management and UAV applications
Papua New Guinea
Mission and objectives
Morobe Development Foundation Inc. aims to help young people reach their full potential, utilize these talents in the wider community, and become role models for other young people. MDF was established to address a broader and more diverse range of objectives. MDF work through the use of dance, music and drama, MDF’s primary aim is to ensure that women participate equally in decision making in any project undertaken, including projects related to Ending Violence against Women, and promoting human rights. The organization has 16 employees, of which 7 are female and 9 male. The employees are responsible for the coordination of the various projects but also some for the performance and teaching of the music, drama and dance. MDF members are primarily unemployed youths located in Lae City, Morobe Province. The majority of the members belong to the Kalvary Lutheran Church, which is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG). MDF uses the talents of its members to address the many issues affecting the communities in the Morobe Province, with a particular focus on the settlements in and around Lae City. Through active participation, members of MDF have subsequently become role models within their community; they promote involvement with MDF as an alternative to being involved in criminal activities. MDF has been actively involved in raising awareness, promoting education, conducting workshops and theatre training on a variety of health, gender, and social issues. The workshops and projects have been supported by the Morobe Provincial Aids Council and the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC). With the support of the PNGEC and AusAid, MDF successfully carried out awareness on Good Governance in 2000, 2011, and the Local Level Government Election in 2013. Morobe Development Foundation Inc has recently diversified its Objective to support Community Development Projects
Morobe Development Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit organization based in Papua New Guinea and was established to promote sustainable community development initiatives and thereby address several exigent issues – ranging from environmental conservation to women's rights – that are hindering the progress of the country. Few of our ongoing projects focus on applications of various remote sensing technologies for monitoring forest biomass, tracking land use land change patterns, evaluating climate change impacts, and conserving sea turtle habitats. We are currently looking for two online volunteers who are passionate about climate change/forestry/remote sensing-related topics and are enthusiastic about enhancing their research writing skills (approximately 20 hours per week for 2 months).
Morobe Development Foundation (MDF) Inc. is looking for two online volunteers who have expertise in research writing (e.g., articles, reports, etc.) and a background in the field of forestry, hydrology, meteorology, climate change, remote sensing, or related areas. Selected volunteers would be expected to assist the MDF team with literature review, journal article writing, and/or grant proposal submissions. The topics of research will range from domains such as climate change-induced droughts, forest regeneration, and carbon sequestration to applications of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for forest management. Experience with working on regenerating forests, water stress monitoring, and/or UAV remote sensing is highly preferred. The results of this project will be included in a peer-reviewed journal article, and based on the level of contributions, the volunteers would be acknowledged (with a certificate) and/or invited to be a co-author. Students looking into applying for Ph.D. programs are highly encouraged to apply.