Kokoda Initiative - Annual Report 2011-2012

2012

Australian Government, Papua New Guinean Government

The Kokoda Initiative is a partnership between
Papua New Guinea and Australia on the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and Kokoda Track Region

Introduction

On 8 July 2010, the Second Joint Understanding between Papua New Guinea and Australia on the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and the Kokoda Track Region (2010-2015) was agreed. The Kokoda Initiative implements activities under this agreement, bringing together a range of organisations to work together towards achieving the common vision of:

Sustainable development of the Owen Stanley Ranges, Brown River Catchment and Kokoda Track Region and protection of its special natural, cultural and historic values.

The Second Joint Understanding builds on the long relationship between the two countries - a bond that was born in a time of shared sacrifice and strengthened through mutual respect. Today, Papua New Guinea and Australia work together in strong partnership to deliver real, tangible outcomes for communities, landowners, trekkers and the future generations of the two countries.

Building on activities delivered under the first Joint Understanding signed in 2008, the Kokoda Initiative implements activities under the five Goals of the Second Joint Understanding:

  1. A safe and well-managed Kokoda Track, which honours its wartime historical significance and protects and promotes its special values.
  2. Enhanced quality of life for landowners and communities through improved delivery of basic services, income generation and community development activities.
  3. The wise use and conservation of the catchment protection area, including the Kokoda Track, and its natural and cultural resources and values.
  4. Building national and international tourism potential of the Owen Stanley Ranges and Kokoda Track region, supported by a possible future World Heritage nomination.
  5. Working with communities, landowners, industry and all levels of government to ensure that activities established under the Kokoda Initiative are sustained into the future.

The Kokoda Initiative is a whole-of-government program, managed jointly through a specially mandated taskforce in each country. The two taskforces are chaired by the Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation and the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC). Under the leadership of these two agencies, this model of governance ensures an inclusive approach to management and program delivery, reflecting the unifying nature of the Kokoda story.

The year 2012 marks the 70th Anniversary of the war in the Pacific, including the campaigns along the Kokoda Track. The celebrations throughout this year commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Papua New Guineans and Australians and provide an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the collaborative partnership that continues between the two countries today.

This Annual Report captures the outcomes delivered through partnership and cooperation for the period from 1 July 2011-30 June 2012. The core delivery agencies under the Kokoda Initiative include the PNG Department of Environment and Conservation, the Kokoda Track Authority, the Kokoda Development Program (AusAID), the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority and the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.