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The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implements the “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the National System of Protected Areas” project. The technical assistance support CEPA’s systems and capacity for the effective management of a Protected Area system which is demonstrated through the improved management of the Varirata National Park a and the promotion of conservation in a larger landscape in the Sogeri Plateau.
In support of government’s priority to promote Varirata as the destination for bushwalking and birdwatching within Port Moresby, the UNDP/GEF project will construction and refurbish picnic areas and lavatory facilities within the Park. Established fees collected from national and international visitors will cover for the maintenance and upkeep of the 8 km walking trails, picnic areas and lookouts to Port Moresby and the coast. The Park is also known for a rich variety of birdlife with over 200 species recorded including the Raggiana birds of paradise and the poisonous Hooded Pitohui.
This construction work is part of a bigger initiative to build a more sustainable operations for the country’s first and flagship National Park.