The Sepik basin in the north of Papua New Guinea, is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. This region contains fascinating landscapes and some of the world’s rarest species of plants and animals.
The unique cultures of the Sepik are also world renowned. The River is essential for these local communities; it defines their spiritual and physical world. The River is the basis of myths and legends as well as providing food, shelter, building and carving materials, and medicines.
The mighty Sepik River is still one of the most pristine rivers in Asia Pacific, but like so many other places, it is under threat from development and climate change.
Through a partnership programme with community based organizations such as the Sepik Wetland Management Initiative and Help Resources, the Worldwide Through a partnership programme with community based organizations such as the Sepik Wetland Management Initiative and Help Resources, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Western Melanesia, the Department of Environment & Conservation and the local level governments are working to minimize these threats.
These organizations are working with local clans and villages across the Sepik river basin to build a secure future for the Sepik.
The Sepik Crocodile Festival, to be held on August 11-12 in Ambunti, is an opportunity to link culture with conservation.
This year’s event theme: “Kirapim wok bilong turis wantaim bus, wara na pasin tumbuna bilong Sepik.” calls on everyone to recognize and promote ecotourism through the natural habitats and sustainable use of the river. Communities are also spreading the message that they must start working now to keep the Sepik pristine and safeguard it for the future.