Make nature’s role visible

The terrestrial environment underpins the country’s productive sectors and supports the livelihoods of 80 percent of PNG’s population who live in rural areas.

A recent ‘Analysis Report: Making Nature’s Value Visible’, released by the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility, stressed on the need to maintain the natural environment.

‘Draw on nature-based solutions’

Home to lush tropical rainforests, magnificent mountains and pristine islands and seas, PNG is one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries, accounting for about five percent of global biodiversity.

Climate change and unsustainable growth threaten these natural assets, ones that the people of Papua New Guinea have enjoyed for thousands of years.

Sipora Naraga, a resident of Aromot Island, an atoll off the coast of Umbol Island in the Vitiaz Strait of Morobe Province, laments about what has come to pass.

Santos wins industry award

“We are very proud to accept this Award and appreciate the industry recognition of our efforts in making a significant contribution to the Environment and Climate Change,” said Tau Homoka, Santos Vice President for Special Projects when accepting the Award in Sydney at the 16th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference & Exhibition Dinner on Monday, 5 December.  

Judges Enhanced On Environment, Climate Laws

Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea, Sir Gibbs Salika made this remarks during the online Inaugural Training for Pacific Judges on Environment and Climate Law that will run from May 18-20.

“The protection of the environment and natural resources in our communities is paramount to our survival.

“In order for this to happen, there has to be sustainable development which is improved through the implementation, adjudication and enforcement of environmental and climate law,” said the Chief Justice.

Royal children speak together for the first time in video

The video, shared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Instagram, shows Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George asking veteran broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough questions about the environment.

It's believed to be the first time the children have spoken together on camera.

"We've got some questions for you, @DavidAttenborough," the post says.

In the video, Prince George asks Attenborough which animal he thinks will next become extinct.

New paper bag product launched

CEO Cameron Mackellar said the organisation has been in talks with responsible state agencies on how it can contribute to conservation work, and has opted to use paper bags instead of the single use plastic bags.

The introduction of paper bags by Brian Bell Group of companies saves the environment of having to deal with 1 million plastic bags that Brian Bell has been issuing to its customers per year.

APEC Climate Symposium underway

Minister responsible for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, John Pundari, said this when officially opening the event yesterday (Aug 21).

The symposium focuses on ‘Overcoming the Challenges of an Uncertain Future with Enhanced Climate Information Services’.

Governor supports plastic ban

He said apart from making the environment look untidy, plastic bags are just too harmful.

Parkop’s statement follows the international theme for the World Environment Week, “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

“We are developing a bad habit, bad culture and bad attitude,” said the Governor.

“We are making money more important than the natural environment.”
Parkop said 18 months have been given to plastic firms but after that, he urged Minister Pundari to ‘just ban it’. 

“No more excuses,” said the Governor.

What sort of future are we creating?

The photo is one of the finalist images selected for the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, now in its 53rd year.

After the announcement, expedition leader and underwater photographer Justin Hofman shared the photo on Instagram, saying he wished it "did not exist".

"Now that it does, I want everyone to see it," he wrote.

Litterati: Can a digital landfill rid the world of litter?

A resounding yes comes from the community of Litterati, an app that asks users to identify, photograph and geotag individual pieces of trash before disposing of them.

It's a simple enough idea: crowdsourcing data that could help stop litter from being created in the first place.

So far, Litterati has cataloged over 750,000 pieces of litter from 114 countries, with hundreds being added every day.