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Papua New Guinea Cultural Development

Department of Environment and Conservation

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) was established in 1985. Its mission (approved by the National Executive Council on 22 August 1989) is to ensure natural and physical resources are managed to sustain environmental quality and human well-being.

The key legislations administered by the Department are:

Environmental Planning Act 1978

Environmental Contaminants Act 1978

Conservation Areas Act 1978

National Parks Act 1982

International Trade (Fauna & Flora) Act 1979

Fauna (Protection and Control) Act 1966

Crocodile Trade (Protection) Act 1974

Water Resources Act 1982

It also has an important role under the Forests Act 1992.


A four-week mission was undertaken in Papua New Guinea to evaluate the work of the National Cultural Council and the Provincial Cultural Centres and the relationships between them, and to advise on the development of cultural centres with special regard to their structures, functions and programmes, as well as to their coordination. After ten days had been spent in Port Moresby studying the national institutions, the National Theatre and Arts School, the National Museum and the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies, 3 provincial cultural centres were visited in the Highlands, as well as one in Madang, 2 in the Islands, and the Raun Raun Theatre etc. in Goroka. The provincial cultural centres had developed differently according to the interests of different organizers and the patterns of the local cultures. All had small museums but one was also an art school, another included the Public Library, and another promoted a drama group. In the course of the study, the role of the arts in formal education emerged as a crucial factor, because the work of cultural centres could be negated by the diminishing attention to the expressive arts in schools. A comparison and synthesis of the centres suggested that they should move in the direction of catering for all sections of the community and combining traditional (e.g. dances) with modern (e.g. Public Library), so that different classes of people
should not become estranged from each other.

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Papua New Guinea Cultural Development

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Publisher PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Authority
Modified 19 July 2021
Release Date 19 July 2021
Homepage URL
Identifier f4588258-b9b2-4730-8ce9-88f195f9d766
Language English
License Public
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Author John Blacking
Contact Name UNESCO