Papua New Guinea launches its Climate Action Roadmap to achieve SDG 13 by 2030
The Government of Papua New Guinea has further strengthened its fight against climate change with the official launch of Papua New Guinea’s Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Response Roadmap 2020-2030.
This Roadmap consists of a set of 30 actions to be delivered by 2030 across a range of sectors, among them climate governance, energy, forestry, infrastructure, agriculture, minerals, health, biodiversity and tourism. These actions aim to better prepare Papua New Guinea for the impacts of climate change, many of which are already being felt across the country.
In launching the Road Map, the Prime Minister the Hon. James Marape congratulated the Minister for Environment Conservation and Climate Change, the Climate Change and Development Authority and UNDP for their tireless efforts to support climate change adaptation and mitigation across Papua New Guinea.
“Papua New Guinea is making progress on its commitments to tackle climate change, by taking steps to translate the ambitions articulated in the 2030 agenda into tangible outcomes for our people and by integrating the SDGs into our national vision and policies," he said.
UNDP's Resident Representative, Mr. Dirk Wagener, congratulated the Climate Change and Development Authority and the Government on the launch of the Roadmap.
“It is a culmination of months of hard work and it sets a benchmark. There are many countries in the world that have undertaken similar initiatives. Many countries are planning for, and are implementing, climate action. Few have however, sought to capture a commitment to the SDGs in this way. UNDP has been a proud and long-standing partner to Papua New Guinea and the SDG Roadmap is an expression of our commitment to support the Government and people of Papua New Guinea in their fight against climate change,” he said.
The Road Map was made possible with funding and technical assistance provided by UNDP. It’s drafting was led by the Climate Change and Development Authority and supported by a range of Government Departments, including the Department of National Planning and Monitoring as well as the private sector, civil society and other development partners.
Virtual launch of the SDG13 Climate Action Roadmap:
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Strengthening conservation in the Adelbert Range
The Adelbert Mountain Range in Madang Province is home to the endemic fire-maned bowerbirds. These mystical birds are found only in this mountain range and sadly their habitat is being threatened by deforestation.
The Adelbert Mountain Range is listed in Papua New Guinea’s fourth national report to the Convention on Biological Diversity as a threatened lower montane forest. It was once an active biodiversity conservation area that is now being threatened by logging operations.
Following the repeal of logging concessions in the area, 20 land-owner groups have entered into a conservation agreement with the Almami Local Level Government. This is a first for the region.
This follows the Adelbert Cooperative Society’s successful efforts to secure funding for biodiversity conservation under the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme.
The Programme’s National Coordinator, Ms Tamalis Akus, explained that the award would be implemented over a period of 24 months and provide much needed support towards developing conservation incentives and reviewing management plans for conserving this very important forest habitat.
“Based on this project’s success, we will endeavor to support its replication across the remaining communities,” said Ms Akus.
There is currently approximately 60,000 hectares of habitat within this designated conservation area.
Junior Ranger Programme strengthens conservation
Situated in the remote Huon Peninsula region of Morobe Province is the 162,683 hactare Yopno-Urua-Som (YUS) Conservation Area. The YUS Conservation Area is championing the ‘Junior Ranger Programme’ aimed to strengthen biodiversity conservation. The programme empowers children to become future conservation leaders by encouraging active stewardship of their natural resources from pre-school to teenage years.
The United Nations Development Programme is working with the Conservation Environment Protection Authority, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Programme and Tenkile Conservation Alliance to support this initiative.
Take a look at the UNDP photo essay which explains the initiative and how it supports more than 420 YUS Junior Rangers participating in 34 classes across all four YUS zones.