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Review a Concept Idea to Create a Key Biodiversity Conservation Area in PNG

United States

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: United States
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

Morobe Development Foundation Inc. is a leading Internationally recognised NGO based in Lae Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea who has the vision to help young people reach their full potential by utilizing their hidden talents in community development initiatives so they can realize their potential and become a role model in the community. MDF was established to address a broader and more diverse range of objectives and 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 with a aim to support the Government and UN their Development Goals. MDF, in collaboration with Online Volunteers engaged through the UNV's Unified Volunteer Platform (UVP), has also undertaken various scientific research studies related to the environment - forest cover loss, land use land cover change, the influence of various parameters on surface waters, and coastal shoreline turtle habitat loss. These projects included the participation of various experts and researchers from diverse fields across various countries across the globe - ranging from marine biology, biodiversity conservation, PNG community management, remote sensing, and land use policy among various others. MDF is managed by a management committee, which is made up of the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, Secretary, the Treasurer, the Project Coordinator, Community Development Officer, and a male and female member of the foundation, and ensures that women participate equally in decision making. We at MDF assert that we have the required skill sets, knowledge, established international network, and the necessary foundational work to undertake projects successfully.


MDF is seeking to collaborate with online volunteers to support in the conception of developing a biodiversity conservation area, one of MDF ongoing project in Papua New Guinea. This project intends to support the community development efforts and initiatives implemented by MDF that will also contribute to address climate and environmental issues in Papua New Guinea and beyond. To do so, MDF intends to submit the concept idea of this project to the Papua New Guinea Biodiversity and Climate Fund (BCF) for funding support, of which the mission of the Fund is “... to catalyze financial and technical resources to enable present and future generations of Papua New Guineans to protect the country’s biodiversity and build resilience in the face of climate change”. The Fund’s purpose is to mobilize and manage funding and channel financial resources and technical assistance to conserve biodiversity and address climate change, by: ● Promoting and supporting effective and sustainable management of existing and future protected areas and other key biodiversity areas through effective conservation measures; ● Fostering climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives, focusing on nature/ecosystem-based solutions; ● Supporting sustainable development activities that deliver conservation outcomes and climate benefits and contribute to the economic well-being of the people of PNG - including customary landowners - while lessening the dependence on activities that degrade the environment; ● Increasing knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and climate issues by raising public awareness, promoting environmental education, and supporting field based research; ● Building the capacity of local stakeholders to manage and implement biodiversity, climate, and economic development projects carried out in harmony with conservation objectives; and ● Supporting the country’s efforts to meet its national, regional, and global conservation and climate commitments. With the share and aligned mission between MDF and the Funds, this will be an excellent opportunity for MDF to continue its initiatives and projects for the local community in PNG. To that end, MDF is seeking the support of online volunteers through this assignment.

Task description

MDF requires the support of three online volunteers whom will be assigned with the role of: a) Researching b) Drafting the a concept idea, and c) Reviewing and editing the final concept idea. These tasks are needed to support the concept idea which will be developed by MDF and submitted to the BCF Fund. Overall, the task involved research, writing and editing which will be done at a period of 12 weeks where the volunteers involved will be certified accordingly through the UNV platform after the completion of the task.

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