The natural environment is a huge source of inspiration for us and we believe protecting the fragile ecosystems and local communities who live there, is integral to our mission. This is why Connoisseur is partnering with wildark.org to make a real difference to lives of people, wildlife and the environment.
THE TUKE RAINFOREST
Our first project takes place in the Nakanai Mountains in remote Papua New Guinea. The Tuke village is situated on the island's central-eastern interior, surrounded by 42,000 acres of pristine virgin rainforest known as Tuke Rainforest Conservancy. The area boasts an extraordinary amount of biodiversity, with many species new to science.
The Tuke village is a relatively small community that practices a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and has maintained its traditional culture and way-of-life for thousands of years.
Tragically, illegal loggers are clearing enormous tracts of forest around the island. The local people are being exploited by the loggers who come into the villages offering very little return for a one-time resource of old-growth hardwood.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?In order to protect this precious land from logging while providing opportunities for future generations who will become the custodians of the rainforest, the Tuke community has identified education as their highest priority.
THE CONNOISSEUR RAINFOREST PROJECT
The Connoisseur Rainforest Project will sponsor the education of all secondary school children living in Tuke Village in 2021. We will also fund new desks and chairs for the village school, and build permanent housing for the school teacher in the village. To date, the town has been unable to keep a permanent teacher due to the lack of infrastructure available.
The Connoisseur Rainforest Project aims to ensure the Tuke community is engaged and benefits from protecting their rainforest. WildArk is working on a long-term plan to ensure the community can sustainably maintain their way of life and not fall vulnerable to short-term compensation from loggers.