Climate Change

Private sector’s role vital in climate change fight

This was one of the main objectives that motivated the first ever sub-regional workshop on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Climate Finance here in Port Moresby.

The two-day workshop saw stakeholders, including the climate change authority, the US Embassy as well as representatives from private sectors attend the event at the Stanley Hotel, which started today.

Climate change measures for coastal PNG

The climate change aspect through the Adventist Development and Relief Agency will empower communities to participate in activities that will reduce the impact of climate change and develop different coping strategies to address the issue.

The Project will build community resilience, allowing the community to re-learn indigenous disaster alerts (Conch shells and drums) and include drought tolerant crops and seed multiplication as part of food security.

How can we adapt?

Climate change information trickling down to locals is important for generations to survive.

Climate Change Development Authority entered into an understanding with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to see its iCLAM program delivered to the country.

iCLAM will see basic information made available to the public using the Information Technology platform.

This project has been rolled out in Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu under the guidance of Griffith University.

Madang’s Mangrove Mission

This initiative is an effort to help serve as a possible defence against the negative effects of climate change and other environmental disasters.

Like most coastal communities in the Pacific, there is an increasing concern over human induced changes affecting fish and other marine life, water quality, erosion and threatening food security.

These communities know too well that the demand for both personal and commercial uses has resulted in the over cultivation of mangroves.

Paris summit delivers bold climate change commitments

The one day talks are aimed at leading business towards renewables and away from a carbon economy.

With more than a touch of showbiz panache, and among the shaking of hands and platitudes, the commitments started coming through.

The World Bank announced it would stop funding oil and gas exploration and extraction by 2019.

This drew a perfect smile from Sir Richard Branson, but there was more to come.

Pacific leaders in Paris for climate summit

Two years after the Paris agreement France's president has called together the world's financial and political leaders to come up with action to meet its goals.

Pacific leaders have long called for more financial commitment and innovation to avoid catastrophe.

Emmanuel Macron's main focus for the One Planet Summit is to determine how the financial sector can better support climate action.

The changes necessary will not pay for themselves and innovation is needed.

Climate change actions continue

This was the main point raised recently during the official ending of the Adaptation Fund Project product launching.

This project was to enhance the adaptive capacity of communities to climate change-related floods in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea.

Despite the project ending, coastal communities have recognised the destruction of some of the main climate resilient environmental ecosystems, including mangroves.

$US45 million for Pacific catastrophe insurance

The five countries are the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

The company, which is owned by the Pacific Island countries, was set up after states saw a need for a mechanism to protect their people from increasing climate and seismic risks.

It provides a regional catastrophe insurance platform offering cover that can be paid out within 10 days of a triggered event, so governments have access to immediate liquidity for disaster response.

 

 

Photo: 350 Pacific Damage caused by tropical cyclone Amos 

Pacific leaders agree climate change discussions no longer scientific but ethical

Pacific Community Director General Dr. Colin Tukuitonga says climate change is beyond economic survival and it is now a moral issue world leaders must take a stand on.

He says Pope Francis reassured Pacific leaders of his support when they met him in Rome before the COP 23 talks in Bonn.

"Mostly people now are saying that clearly climate change is not a scientific discussion anymore it's actually a moral ethical one."

Pacific Island leaders share climate concerns at COP23

They hope to play a key role in discussions on how to implement the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting carbon emissions and helping to prevent global warming.