Like all surveys undertaken in remote regions of New Guinea, the success of this RAP survey relied on the support of a large number of highly committed individuals and organizations. Foremost we express our deep gratitude to the landowners of the Kaijende Highlands. At Omyaka we were hosted and assisted by the following members of the Ipili Clan: Aiyele Watolo, Amoko Tawa, Wamope Keto, Yoko Watolo, Inyarape Mangara and Yanape Punama. At Lake Tawa we were assisted by the following members of the Paiela Clan: Danson Tawini, Pone Mangoa, Bono Tomape, Eddie Meka, Arie Depa, Sepik Neme and Kunia Yange and around Suyan and the Paiela Road we received additional assistance from Yanape Kunama and Mr Kalawapa. To all of these individuals, and to their communities, we extend our sincere thanks for their hospitality.
This survey was instigated through discussions between Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) and Conservation International and funding for the project was provided by grants to Conservation International from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and PJV. PJV (formerly of Placer Dome and now of Barrick) provided tremendous logistical support that ensured the survey was an outstanding success. We are particularly grateful to Charles Ross, Tim Omundson, Robert Cogger, Jim McNamara and Ikising Petasi of PJV for their ongoing support. Ikising Petasi of the PJV Environment Department undertook the complex and often difficult task of field logistics and Joel More Polaiya from PJV Community Affairs worked day and night to drive us to cold, rainy, and remote survey localities. The PJV Community Affairs personnel were most helpful in providing liaison with local communities, and Peter Bosip (CI-PNG) also assisted with the initial community consultation process prior to the survey. Gai Kula (CI-PNG), Andrew Beehler, Paulus Kulmoi (DEC), Ali Towati and Demas Ama also contributed substantially to the success of this project.
We are most grateful to the Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the Enga Provincial Government for approving this project, and to Barbara Roy of DEC for approving our export permits. DEC laid the ground-work for this project through their early recognition that this area is of outstanding conservation value, a fact reflected in their recommendation that the Kaijende Highlands should be considered for protection in a Conservation Area.
Production of this RAP report was facilitated by Conservation International's RAP program, particularly Peter Hoke, Leeanne Alonso and Jennifer McCullough. Mark Denil of Conservation International's Mapping Program kindly produced the excellent map of the study area. Deidre Fogg, of CI's Melanesia Program, also provided important support for the initiative. Finally, Kristofer Helgen would like to thank Pat Wooley for helpful discussions about earlier mammal surveys in the area.