Our partner The Coral Islands (TCI), operating in the Conflict Islands of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, has, since CICI's conception, been an integral to support, growing and enable CICI to perform their conservation activities.
TCI hosts the conservation, education and research initiatives in the Conflict Islands,and provides accommodation, food, transport,equipment,facilities and infrastructure.
At the peak of conservation TIC season employees over 18 dedicated staff to deliver initiatives to provide training and education to interns and volunteers, as well as local community and run the conservation efforts in country.
Supporting local communities with marine education programs and donations received from cruise ship activities TCI endeavors to promote local participation from the community at all levels.
P&O is a major sponsor of everything we do here at CICI. Some of the great things we have been able to achieve
trained 17 Papua New Guinea Women to be PADI Divers
High quality pumps from Australia for our turtle nursery
Educational info-graphic sign boards for our turtle nursery
Partnerships with Power
Internationally, plastic pollution and marine debris is one of the largest threats to our marine environments, exacerbated within third world countries, such as Papua New Guinea, where communities rely heavily upon the ocean for sustenance and a healthy ecosystem to produce food. Currently there are no recycling or garbage collection facilities in Milne Bay, the largest marine province of PNG, where the Conflict Island Atoll is located. The only way to remove the rubbish at this stage is to burn it, bury it or throw it into the ocean where it is out of sight.
It is CICI’s and Take 3’s mission to set up recycling systems on the islands, where collected plastics can be recycled into objects and sold to tourists visiting the islands or repurposed into fuel and gas to supplement wood stoves for villagers. Not only does this stop deforestation on these tiny island nations but it can provide additional income streams to the local people and motivation to do the right thing to help protect the natural environment.
The Conflict islands are located centrally between two of the most densely populated parts of Milne Bay, Alotau and Missima. With the generous support of Take 3, CICI have commenced the CICI Plastic Pollution Initiative. Staff of the Conflict Islands conduct a plastic collection every Saturday where marine debris from lighters and plastic water bottles to toothbrushes and sandals are found, not to mention the hundreds and thousands of pieces of microplastics in the sand and embedded in the soils of the island are collected and tallied. The volume of plastic varies with the seasons and winds, but we can remove between 10kgs to 500kgs of plastic waste from any of the 21 islands in a single clean up.