Forests for Survival

By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae

The PNG Forest Research Institute in Lae has long-term plans that will see it multiplying its tree seedlings.

Most of its research programs focus on identifying and maintaining forestry that is vital in products.

The main challenge has been identifying land areas with particular soil types that are fertile enough for various plant species.

The PNG Forest Research Institute has been working on regenerating plants, including trees, to save various species from becoming extinct.

One of the challenges faced by Acting Director, Patrick Nimiago, is the amount of research it takes to identify proper soil types vital to the development of trees.

“We have a series of research plots covering almost all the areas that have been locked, and some of this areas we have been monitored for up to about 20 years now, some have land use change so we lost a number of them,” Nimiago said.

Over 10,000 plant species have been grown and kept in this habitat.

The Forest Research Institute is also working to provide research information to other environment or climate-based organisation to identify what’s vital in terms of PNG’s biodiversity.

Most of the research conducted at the institute is focused on capturing carbon in the atmosphere and mitigating its negative impacts.

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