REDD+ Strategy submitted for NEC endorsement

Papua New Guinea’s National REDD+Strategy has been submitted to the National Executive Council for final endorsement.

The Government of PNG, with the support of the United Nations Development Authority (UNDP), has been developing the PNG National REDD+Strategy since 2015, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

REDD+ is an important part of PNG’s plan to take action against climate change and PNG was one of the countries that supported its inclusion in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The strategy is on REDD+ including sustainable forest management, conservation of carbon stocks and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) for the period of 2017-2027.

Implementing REDD+ under the UNFCCC provides PNG with an opportunity to have its contribution to the global fight against climate change internationally recognised and financially supported.

Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) acting managing director Ruel Yamuna said following a validation workshop last week, that the strategy marks a major step forward in the process of developing REDD+.

Yamuna said the validation of PNG’s National REDD+Strategy is a further landmark in PNG’s action on climate change.

While the current strategy marks a critical step in the nation’s REDD+ development process, further action is needed to ensure that the strategy is effectively financed.

Quintina Naime