PNG commences program on building resilience to climate change

In addressing the effects of climate change, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) is now carrying out a program on building resilience to climate change (BRCC) in Papua New Guinea.

The $US27.29 million program will be implemented over six years piloted in 21 vulnerable island communities in Bougainville, East New Britain, Manus, Milne Bay and Morobe.

The islands and atolls were identified through a participatory process using risk factors across four sectors.

The sectors are infrastructure, natural resources, health and agriculture against potential impacts from climate change.

The aim of the program is to bring about transformational change by mainstreaming climate resilience into development plans that address country priorities, focusing on vulnerable communities.

The BRCC intends to link National, Provincial, District, and Ward level plans and demonstrate how these can be aligned to adapt to climate change.

The program looks at preparing climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plans, sustainable fishery ecosystems and food security and climate-resilient coastal infrastructure and early warning communications.

CCDA acting managing director Ruel Yamuna said it is intended that lessons from the BRCC will help PNG to directly access and administer international climate funding.

Yamuna said ensuring that PNG is in a position to directly access to climate resources is a matter that the CCDA has prioritised.

“We are working to ensure that all operational and fiduciary standards are in place, so that institutions like the Green Climate Fund have confidence in PNG’ s ability to manage these funds.

“Direct access will mean a more streamlined approach to development, where PNG will be able to engage directly with the GCF,” Yamuna said.

Meantime, the role of the BRCC project steering committee is important as it will provide strategic guidance and endorsement of BRCC activities, and ensures macro level coordination to the project.

File pic: climate change effect causing sea level rise in a community  

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