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Port Moresby Nature Park’s General Manager, Mr David Thompson receiving a cheque of K30,000 from Moni Plus Head of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Atish Das, for the Park’s Frog Research Program.
Moni Plus,one of the county’s biggest financial companies of PNG, has recently shown its support to Port Moresby Nature Park’s Frog Research program.
Head of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Atish Das, presented a cheque of K30, 000 to the Park’s conservation efforts to secure New Guinea’s frog species against the likely catastrophic impacts of the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus. The fungus currently recognized as the most significant example of emerging infectious diseases worldwide affecting frogs globally, with more than 40% of frog species now threatened with extinction and another 170 species considered to have already become extinct in the last 20 years.
“It has always been our aim to conduct ourselves as a good corporate citizen with social and environmental responsibilities, and that is what our sponsorship to the Port Moresby Nature Park is all about. It has certainly been a tough time for everyone throughout the COVID-19 period last year and we see this as an opportunity to give back to the community in a positive way. In saying that, we are happy to support the Nature Park’s Frog Research Program and we are excited to see what more this donation can help to assist their research program going forward.” said Moni Plus CEO, Mr. Gajanan Barve.
The ultimate goal of the research program is to secure Papua New Guinea from the Chytrid fungus as PNG is the world’s largest tropical island and remains the last major center of amphibian biodiversity that is chytrid-free.
Port Moresby Nature Park, General Manager, Mr David Thompson said, “We are very pleased to acknowledge Moni Plus for their donation to our Frog Research Program. Whilst during these unprecedented times, we know this will give our wildlife team, the much needed support, to help them with what they need to continue on with this research program.”
To date, Port Moresby Nature Park has set a momentous benchmark in the conservation of Papua New Guinea’s frogs with the Park’s first successful breed-for-release program with Green Tree Frogs last year.
Moni Plus supporttowards this noble cause under CSRgoes a long way in making sure genetic material of as many of PNG’s 335 currently described frog species are obtained and stored in preparation of the imminent arrival of the deadly Chytrid fungus.