A rapid biodiversity survey of Papua New Guinea's Manus and Mussau Islands

Aplin, Ken, Arihafa, Arison, Armstrong, Kyle N., Cuthbert, Richard, Müller, Chris J., Novera, Junior, Richards, Stephen J., Tamarua, William, Theischinger, Günther, Venter, Fanie, and Whitmore, Nathan (2015) A rapid biodiversity survey of Papua New Guinea's Manus and Mussau Islands. Report. Wildlife Conservation Society, Papua New Guinea.

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[Extract] Aim: 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 recognised 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.

Item ID: 43384
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-9943203-1-5
Keywords: biodiversity, survey, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Mussau Island, Wildlife Conservation Society
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Research Data: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/280134331
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2016 01:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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