New Caledonia and the biodiversity in PNG
The Government of New Caledonia and the French Pacific Fund subsidize a new international expedition on biodiversity in PNG under the supervision of IRD and the Paris National Museum of Natural History.
Following the decision of the Government of New Caledonia and the French Pacific Fund to subsidize the project, the Nouméa based Institute of Research for Development (IRD), in cooperation with the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), has applied for the authorization from the PNG authorities to launch an international campaign of scientific research - including scientists from 9 different countries - which will aim at “estimating marine biodiversity in PNG and on the planet”.
Under the supervision of Georges de Noni, Director of the IRD Center of Nouméa, Pr. Philippe Bouchet (MNHN) and Dr. Ralph Mana (UPNG), this operation named MADEEP KAVIENG 2014 will be run by a consortium including the Institute of Research for Development, the National Museum of Natural History and the University of Papua New Guinea. It will get subsidies inter alia from the Government of New Caledonia, the French Pacific Fund, the French National Resarch Council, PNG National Fisheries Authority and TOTAL Foundation.
The field operations will respectively take place from the end of May to the end of June and from August 7 to September 5 in New Ireland, the Bismarck Sea and the Solomon Sea. This campaign follows the successful Madang 2012 project on biodiversity in PNG, which already benefited from the support of the Government of New Caledonia, the French Pacific Fund and TOTAL and which mobilized a hundred scientists from 19 different nationalities.