Sustainability Plans

We continue to contribute to the world by educating students for lives of leadership and purposeful contribution

1. Doing research on topics that have high potential and relevance to PNG as a ‘biodiversity hot -spot’ in the world. Traditional medicinal plant research has proven to be fruitful in this regard as has phytoremediation with obvious application in the mining industry. ERMC will also actively engage in research, extension and value-addition that empower villagers. In this regard, research on noni is a prime example. Others on the radar are vanilla, betel nut, C-trade (coffee, rubber and other agroforestry crops),marita and bio-energy.

2. Fostering human resource training via the engagement and supervision of postgraduate students in research, publications and other activities.

3. Increasing the output of publications locally and internationally in peer-reviewed journals and other media. Our target is for one peer-reviewed paper per postgraduate student per year. By the time a postgraduate student graduates, he/she must have published 3+ papers.

4. Continue with the publication and distribution of our flagship journal, Environment Papua New Guinea. It has an international Editorial Board with expertise in a wide range of professional fields. ISBN numbers from India and PNG have been obtained. The challenge now is to get the journal recognized and indexed outside the region.

5. Maintain the PNG Medicinal Plants Research Database.

6. Strengthen and extend collaborative links in research, publication, environmental awareness, etc.

7. Introduce and strengthen consulting and commercial services in a business mode.

8. Introduce a BSc degree course majoring in Environmental Studies. This can be done in collaboration with Forestry, Agriculture and Applied Science Departments as they already offer all the foundation courses as well as some of the tapering courses.

9. Provide expert and/or policy advice in the environmental sphere as and when required. ERMC (in conjunction with Roots Organic Consulting and a selected stakeholder panel) will assist PNGUT in realizing an Environmental Operational Policy. Such a policy should help portray PNGUT as an Environmental leader and Environmentally Responsible Corporate Citizen with a low carbon footprint.

10. Establishing an environmental laboratory that is accredited and geared to assist teaching, research and commercial analyses.

Starting 2016 the ERMC intend to achieve the following objectives.