Aid to assess climate change impact

Papua New Guinea will receive aid to assess climate change impact and create a more resilient future for its people, thanks to a new partnership brokered by the United States Agency for International Development.

A new public-private partnership between the Government of Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority, Oil Search Limited and U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Catherine Ebert-Gray, was formalised recently.

The goal of this partnership is to assess the impact of climatic changes and to establish programs to create a more resilient future for Papua New Guineans.

Marking their shared commitment, U.S. Ambassador Ebert-Gray witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Minister for Environment and Climate Change, John Pundari and the Managing Director of Oil Search Limited, Peter Botten.

Resilience and improving the lives of Papua New Guineans is planned to be achieved by working together to address climate and disaster disruptions.

USAID, through its five-year ready project, has been working in PNG since 2016 to provide technical assistance to CCDA.

USAID’s assistance enabled CCDA to apply for and receive over two million Kina to date from the Green Climate Fund to strengthen their role as the country’s lead agency in coordinating adaptation programs and having direct access to climate finance.

(Islands like Kavieng, New Ireland Province, bear the brunt of climatic changes)

Carolyn Ure