Sea Women of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea
Marine protected areas, Marine conservation awareness and education
Award-winning organization Sea Women of Melanesia focuses on empowering women in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with the training, skills, equipment, and resources they need to take an active role in helping indigenous communities create and manage marine protected areas on their own coral reefs. To date (2022) over 30 women have been trained through the program, and it has led to more than 20 new marine reserve areas being proposed and surveyed in high conservation-value locations in the coral triangle marine biodiversity hotspot. The initiative is supported by the Australian organization Coral Sea Foundation and its partners.