by Quinton Alomp, EM TV – Port Moresby
Infrastructures at the Varirata National Park outside Port Moresby are in dire need of an upgrade.
Despite its spectacular scenes and wildlife sanctuary, the park’s facilities are in a worrying state and need immediate attention.
Located inland along Sogeri road, it has some of the most spectacular lookouts, picnic areas and rivers that attracts both national and international visitors.
It is one of the favorite hotspots for city residents who go relaxing on weekends.
Despite its beautiful scenes, the park’s “Welcome House of Information office” has been eaten away by termites and the roof is falling apart.
Concerns have been raised by local tour guides for visitors to be mindful of their rubbish when visiting the park.
The Department has been vocal on conserving forests, but to date, few communities have taken measures to have their forests preserved.
Varirata is one of the protected forests in Papua New Guinea that falls under the Environment and Conservation Department.
A land use management plan and proper mapping of land boundaries still remain a concern for many organisations trying to help local people in forest conservation.