Our Planet Reviewed - Expedition Papua New-guinea


Institutional and scientific partners


The Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique

The Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) created in 2004 is under the auspices of The Ministry of Agriculture with the mission to conduct research to “develop and disseminate technologies that will improve agrarian production and productivity, promoting the well-being of Mozambican population while maintaining sustainable use of natural resources”. These include biodiversity conservation and protection of the environment. In this regard IIAM houses the National Herbarium, and has the mandate to identify, survey and advice on areas and species of conservation interest. To contribute to the development of strategies and recommendations for Biodiversity conservation, protection of the
environment and sustainable use of natural resources based on scientific findings, IIAM implement its programmes through partnerships with other stakeholders in the generation or adaptation of technologies, seeking to use accurate methodological systems compatible with International standards.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract nearly 2 million visitors every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. By 2010, RBG Kew and its partners will have collected and conserved seed from 10 per cent of the world’s wild flowering plant species (c.30,000 species). The aim is to conserve 25% by 2020 and funds are being actively sought in order to continue this vital work.

CBGP - Biology and Population Management Centre (UMR [Mixed Research Unit] - Montpellier)

CBGP develops research in systematics, genetics and ecology for objectives relating to population management and communities of organisms which are of interest in terms of agriculture, human health and biodiversity. The centre’s research aims to develop conceptual and theoretical elements and the tools required to manage these organisms. Various biological models are studied: arthropods, nematodes and rodents. The CBGP possesses expertise in systematics and maintains collections and databases on entomology, acarology, nematology and mammalogy.


The Spanish Institute of Oceanography

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) is a Public Research Institution integrated into the Ministry of Science and Innovation MICINN (through the Secretary of State of Research), and has ultimate responsibility for the management and funding of marine research, promoting co-operation in marine research at the regional, national and international levels, training marine scientists and disseminating marine sciences knowledge. The IEO aim is to be a source of high quality science used to conserve and enhance the marine environment and to promote sustainable management of its natural resources.

L’Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines de l’Université de Tuléar

L’IH.SM a été créé en 1992 à la suite de la fusion de la Station Marine, la filière Océanologie Appliquée et l’Unité de Formation Supérieure Halieutique. Il a pour mission la Formation et la Recherche en matière de pêche et d’aquaculture, d’Environnement marin et littoral. L’IH.SM est chargé notamment de la formation des techniciens supérieurs - des ingénieurs halieutes et des océanographes biologistes (licence, masters et doctorat). Par ailleurs, il peut assurer le recyclage des agents des entreprises selon leurs besoins. Les activités au sein de l’IH.SM sont coordonnées par une équipe permanente et des assistants techniques étrangers.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Madagascar

The Wildlife Conservation Society is a non-governmental organisation, with a headquarters agreement from 6th June 1997, under the authority of the Ministry responsible for the Environment and Forests. Its parent organisation was created in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. The Madagascar office is represented by Lisa Gaylord, Country Program Director. WCS’s guiding philosophy is the promotion of a world where mankind guarantees the intrinsic values of biodiversity and the functions of resulting ecosystems, whilst also profiting from the goods and services offered by the integrity of the natural environment.