Minister for Environment and Conservation

Minister brushes aside scientists’ reports

Minister Mori claims the report by Dr Mojon intends to tarnish the good name of the current Government.

The newly-appointed Minister for Environment and Conservation has brushed aside reports by scientists engaged by the Madang Provincial Government to investigate environmental damages at Ramu NiCo’s Basamuk processing plant.

He further condemned a statement by a local scientist engaged to investigate the cause of the marine creatures dying in Madang after the spillage.

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.

Climate change action plan signed

Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari, and his Australian counterpart, Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, have both signed the Papua New Guinea-Australia Climate Change Action Plan.

Through this agreement, both countries acknowledge their mutual commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement, which reinforces stronger regional cooperation to address climate change risks whilst also contributing to mitigating climate change.

Measures to be taken against firms: Environment Minister

The Act is set to be reviewed in the coming weeks, says Minister for Environment and Conservation, John Pundari.

Pundari said he has given instructions to immediately work on the review of the act to make changes that will ensure the conservation of the environment, which is also in the best interest of the people.

The minister was referring to fines and disciplinary actions against companies or organisations that breach the laws set under the environment act.

Plastic bags will be banned: Minister

The ban will be re-introduced this year, outlawing all plastic bags, both degradable and non-degradable.

Minister Pundari announced this stating it is in the best interest of the environment, especially marine life.

The ban was initially announced in 2014 but was halted due to financial constraints and lack of management.

He noted that there are about 460,000 kilograms of plastic bags imported or manufactured every year and the amount of plastic bag waste in the country is shocking!