Project timeline

Mangrove and seagrass project timeline

Dec. 2022

Project funded

Project approved for funding.

March 2023

Project commences

New Ireland Mangrove and Seagrass Biodiversity Conservation, Livelihoods and Blue Carbon Project formally commences.

May - July 2023

Initial community consultation

The project team will be visiting communities in New Ireland to make initial contact to talk with people around the benefits and impacts of the mangrove and sea grass blue carbon project.

July 2023 - Dec 2023

Detailed consultation

  • Survey of communities about how they use the mangrove
  • Survey about community decision-making
June 2023 - July 2023

Community ranger program

Establish and recruit for the Community Ranger Program

June 2023 - Dec 2023

Measure the mangroves

Establish carbon baselines for existing mangrove and seagrass beds.

End of 2023

Agreement on establishing conservation area

Work towards agreement between the communities on full establishment of the community conservation areas.

Jan 2024 - Aug 2024

Develop community plan

  • Reporting back the findings
  • Community workshops
  • Choosing how to share benefits
Jan 2024 - Aug 2024

Develop community governance

Embed and strengthen community plan to ensure livelihoods and mangrove and seagrass conservation is supported

Aug 2024 - Dec 2024

Build proposal

Build proposal for government or industries to pay for the carbon

Aug 2024 - Apr 2025

Offer proposal

Find and contract governments or industry to pay for looking after the carbon in the mangroves and seagrass