Ecosystem services

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Human-Plant Interactions in New Guinea

New Guinea supports the greatest biocultural diversity on Earth and is part of one of the world's centres of origin and diversity of crop wild relatives (e.g., banana, taro, breadfruit). However, the services provided by the region's ecosystems or the ex situ and in situ conservation strategies needed to maintain crop wild rleatives for food and agriculture have received little attention. In this project we aim to establish a multidisciplinary research hub to generate provincial/local insights on the functions of biodiversity, including economically-important plants and crop wild relatives. Our programme will mainstream New Guinea's unique biocultural diversity, increase links between scientists, local government, NGOs and indigenous communities, and advance ex situ and in situ seed conservation programmes.

 

Funding:

Collaborators

 

United Kingdom (RBG Kew)

Zoe Dennehy

Dr. David Frodin

Dr. Tom Prescott

Dr. Samuel Pironon

Dr. Kate Hardwick

 

Indonesia

Universitas Papua Manokwari:

Freddy Pattiselanno

Nurhaidah Sinaga

Jimmy Wanma

 

Local government of West Papua

Prof. Charlie Heatubun

 

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