The Carbon Assessment Equipment was handed over to the University of Papua New Guinea’s Dean of the School of Natural and Physical Science, Dr. Peter Petsul.
Mangroves are essential in the fight against Global Warming. This is according to most Marine and Conservation Organizations. Mangroves produce more carbon than any other plants in the world. This carbon helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Developed countries like the United States are serious about the effects of Climate Change and are working in partnership with Conservation Organization to help find ways to minimize its effects.
Today, US Ambassador to PNG, Walter North, visited Motupore Research Island to handover Carbon Assessment Equipment to the University of Papua New Guinea to help collect carbon data from the soil and analyze them.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by representatives from Environment Conservation Organization from the Government and Non-government Sector along with Science students from the University of Papua New Guinea.
Also there was Regional Director for International Union for Conservation of Nature, Taholo Kami and Dr. Joko Purbbopuspito from the Center for International Forestry Research, in Manado Indonesia.
The instrument will be used to conduct Carbon Assessments from soil, and from the data that is collected more awareness can be done to preserve Mangroves.
The Equipment is funded under the USAID project called Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Health Forest (MARSH).
The students their participated in a 1 week program collecting soil samples from the Mangrove Vegetation around the area using the instrument. The samples will then be analysed and presented on the importance of mangroves.
Mangroves are also essential in protecting shores from king tides and are also breeding grounds for fishes.