A Rapid Biodiversity Survey of Papua New Guinea’s Manus and Mussau Islands
The relatively remote islands of Manus and Mussau, located in the northern portion of the Bismark sea have been long identified as key biodiversity areas in Papua New Guinea and within greater Melanesia. Manus Island has long been known for its endemism and relatively intact forest, while Mussau Island, although relatively unstudied, has been ecognised as an Endemic Bird Area. This report documents the findings of a series of rapid biodiversity surveys focusing on terrestrial flora and fauna, funded by the CEPF, encompassing four sites across the islands of Manus and Mussau; undertaken by a WCS led team of national and international taxonomic specialists in October 2014. The
objective of these surveys was to investigate the biodiversity values of these areas. In conjunction with participatory community work conducted prior to, and following the surveys the wider WCS project aims to identify options for natural resource management in the region which addresses both community and biodiversity needs.
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