A growing partnership

@JCU A growing partnership

A growing partnership


Pictured: Michael Lovave, centre, Curator of the Lae Botanic Gardens, visiting the Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) at James Cook University in Cairns with (left) David Warmington, Curator, Cairns Botanic Gardens and (right) Professor Darren Crayn, Director, ATH.

Cairns and its Papua New Guinea Sister City, Lae, are sharing botanical knowledge and working together to revive Lae’s Botanic Gardens.

The curator of the Lae Botanic Gardens, Michael Lovave, recently completed a two-week study tour in Cairns, supported by Cairns Regional Council, Friends of the Cairns and Lae Botanic gardens and Papua New Guinea’s Forest Research Institute.

Mr Lovave’s visit is part of an innovative partnership involving the two gardens along with The Cairns Institute and the Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) at James Cook University.

During his visit Mr Lovave spent two days at the Australian Tropical Herbarium, where he shared botanical knowledge with local researchers.

“As the two landmasses were once physically joined when sea levels were lower, Papua New Guinea and Australia share a rich botanical history,” ATH Director Professor Darren Crayn said.

“We enjoyed showing Mr Lovave the Herbarium’s research collection, which documents a lot of that shared history, as well as learning more about his part of the tropics.”

Cairns Institute Director Professor Stewart Lockie said Mr Lovave’s visit was an opportunity to discuss possible collaboration between The Cairns Institute, ATH, and PNG research organisations including the Forest Research Institute.