By Barbara Masike, PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas Councillor

The PNG Conservation Sector and the PNG LMMA Network has lost one of their most dedicated and committed women conservation leaders.

Maxine Anjiga has sadly passed. (Photo source: Maxine Anjiga Facebook.

The Late Maxine Anjiga, who was the Executive Director of the PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas (PNGCLMA), which works with PNG LMMA communities, passed on after a short illness.

The late Maxine was a powerhouse conservation personality and champion. She was very vocal and passionate about community-based conservation led by local people so that conservation can benefit them.

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She has led many community-based conservation efforts across the country, initiating community-based conservation planning.

She was incredibly passionate about empowering women conservationists. She did this successfully in the last few years where she worked with three villages in the Hallsound Bay of Central province, where they successfully rehabilitated areas of mangroves affected by the impact of climate change. She was also very vocal about the logging issues in her home province of Oro.

The late Maxine Anjiga’s body has been taken to rest in Oro.

Her passing is a great loss to conservation and to women working in the conservation sector and women as a whole.

We extend our deepest condolences to son Mackenzie and all her family members on the sudden and untimely passing of their mother, sister, aunty and daughter.

Farewell Maxine, we will miss you. May you Rest in Peace.