Yamuna: PNG needs to develop a green economy

Papua New Guinea needs to develop a green economy to help alleviate the effects of climate change which is affecting the Pacific Islands.

A green economy aims at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, and that aims for sustainable development without degrading the environment.

Newly appointed acting managing director of Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), Ruel Yamuna said CCDA must be the vehicle for PNG’s green economy by creating a pathway for developing a carbon-neutral economy.

These include introducing clean energy like generating solar energy, wind energy and hydropower and using bio fuel.

Yamuna added that CCDA plays a vital role as a representative of the country and that must be embraced and reflected in the performance of the functions.

“We are mandated to deal with all climate change related issues in this country, and that is a massive task before us.

“We represent our country to the region and the world in climate change issues.

“That is something we must be proud of and also strive to uphold and maintain it,” Yamuna said.

He aims to carry out close consultations with relevant stakeholders and partners to enable implementation of current and future climate change projects.

After PNG signed the Paris Agreement in March this year in New York, USA, Parliament is expected to ratify it (the Paris Agreement) in this August sitting.

A UN Paris Agreement (Implementation) Bill 2016 is also expected to be introduced in Parliament in the August sitting.

Picture courtesy of www.theparliamentmagazine.eu


Quintina Naime