Forest Campaigner, Papua New Guinea
Sam Moko (better known as ‘Smoko’ around the office) hails originally from Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea. He has spent the last 10 years working with non-governmental organisations on community outreach and advocacy programs to promote social, development and environmental issues.
Sam loves fieldwork. Since joining Greenpeace Australia Pacific as Forest Campaigner in 2005, he has focused on assisting customary landowners to take back the rights to their land and make informed decisions about the use of their resources.
Before Sam joined Greenpeace he was the conservation and community outreach officer for the World Wide Fund for Nature where he ran workshops with landowners on sustainable management of their forests. When he’s not busy saving trees, Sam nurtures his passion for photography by capturing
nature on film.
“I want the landowners of PNG to keep their forest resources for many generations to come. The logging and other extractive companies promise development but they never deliver. Their only agenda is short-term profits. If Papua New Guineans lose their land and forests, they will lose their roots. My job is to make sure they don’t.”