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Elizabeth Tongne

Executive Officer, Wide Bay Conservation Association, PNG
Elizabeth Tongne

Elizabeth comes from a family of subsistence farmers in a remote village called Klampun in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. They are traditional environmentalists and have continuously sustained their lives through their relationship with the land and resources that they live in.

A teacher by profession, she initiated Wide Bay Conservation Association to help facilitate peoples’ thinking about active engagement in development and environmental sustainability in the face of a traditional society that is changing very rapidly. She says: “The environment and land provides security for my people. Without these there is no meaning to life.” Elizabeth Tongne has been a recipient of the Pride of PNG award, a courage and bravery award for women.