In the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue (LG MSD), the Netherlands government, Dutch companies, Dutch financial institutions, Dutch civil society organizations and Dutch knowledge institutes work together to achieve better land governance in line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of national food security (VGGTs).
Within the framework of this project, the first region to be declared a protected region under Papua New Guinea’s National Conservation Act is to be established as the YUS Conservation Area, encompassing some 76,000 ha. The local population is being directly integrated in the decision-making processes along with sustainable management of the protected area.
The project aims to preserve forest ecosystems in the Pacific and thus contribute to climate change mitigation. To this end it is supporting three island states in creating the conditions necessary for par-ticipation in an international financing mechanism for reducing emissions from the forest sector (REDD+).