Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research
The Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research (PNGIBR) is a Papua New Guinea (PNG)-based not for profit association formed to ensure a biologically sustainable future for PNG. We conduct research, train PNG biologists & conservationists, ensure information is shared with policy makers, landowners and PNG citizens, and integrate traditional knowledge & customs with modern concepts of conservation
As a team of highly trained PNG researchers and scientists, we are a new voice in PNGs conservation, education and research arena that will speak equally well to international and national policy-makers, and to rural people living traditionally in PNG. Effective and innovative solutions will come from those who can straddle the gap between modern science and our ancient cultures. We understand how to integrate traditional customs with modern conservation concepts to design models that will work in Papua New Guinea to ensure a rich national heritage for our societys livelihood and spiritual well-being.
PNGIBR was founded in 2008 to carry on the training program that began in 1996 with Conservation International and continued under the Wildlife Conservation Society until 2007. These programs trained over 300 PNG students and professionals, funding and mentoring 17 PNG Honor students, and leading to scholarships for14 PNG students to receive Masters degrees at top international universities.
Our vision is to be a leading institution made up of scientific colleagues dedicated to conserving Papua New Guineas flora, fauna and ecosystems to ensure a biologically sustainable future.