The South Fly District of Western Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG), is one of the poorest regions of the country. Drivers of change affecting livelihoods in the South Fly are accelerating in pace and magnitude. Population growth, climate change, sea level rise, gas extraction, over-fishing, ongoing environmental impacts of Ok Tedi mine, and the growing Asian market for illegally-harvested marine products are all undermining sustainable human development. Current trends in natural resource use may be unsustainable, threatening future options for community development, and placing pressure on marine resources shared by PNG and Australia under the Torres Strait Treaty. Achieving sustainable development in the South Fly District requires a collaborative approach between PNG and Australian government agencies, NGOs and Australian and PNG communities in the Torres Strait.

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