World Environment Day

Protect water sources

This was to mark World Environment Day.

This event was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the European Union-funded Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade Program (EU-STREIT) Program.

EU-STREIT Program Coordinator, Dr Xuebing Sun, explained the bleak status of the ecosystem because of pollution and other human activities and the need to rehabilitate for generations.

Coral Triangle Day Celebration

Under the theme, Driving Blue Recovery for a Sustainable Coral Triangle, the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) will be conducting several activities to mark the day.

According CEPA’s Executive Manager Marine, Yvonne Tio, PNG is in the epicenter of the coral reefs in the world and we are fortunate that we have these assets that we have to look after. 

World Environment Day

The theme for this year’s WED is “Ecosystem Restoration” and CEPA is focusing on terrestrial/Forest ecosystems and marine ecosystems conservation through their Sustainable Environment Program (SEP).

CEPA Deputy Managing Director, Dilu Muguwa said last year, Minster for Environment and Climate Change Wera Mori launched the “ten Million trees in Ten Years” tree planting Initiative, which supports the planting of one million trees per year, an initiative that supports this year’s theme.

Climate Change Forum

The event is part of activities that have been organized by Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) ahead of World Environment Day that falls on June 5th.

The first-of-its-kind forum will utilized for sharing experiences, insights and build collaboration amongst all stakeholders in the battle against climate change.

NCD Environment program

Under its ‘Amazing Port Moresby’ banner, it is promoting the restoration of ecosystems through the hashtag #generationrestoration.

NCD Governor and the National Capital District Commission remains at the forefront of this campaign in partnership with significant stakeholders including the Ministry for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, CEPA, CCDA, UNDP, National Forest Authority.

Governor aims for 1 million trees per year

To continue the campaign, Indian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Vijai Kumar, United National Resident Coordinator Gianluca Rampolla, Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Motu Koita Chairman Dadi Toka Jnr and representatives from the business community and city residents joined Governor Powes Parkop who led the city to take actions and to recommit to save the environment.

They took turns in planting 20 Kwila trees on June 5th at the foreshore of Idubada to Kanudi.

The campaign was launched on Sunday, June 02, with other two initiatives. 

Initiatives to encourage environmental preservation

The campaign was launched on June 2nd to tackle the critical issues such as stopping open burning, understanding the importance of trees and forests, avoiding the use of plastic materials, recycling and reusing, supporting wildlife efforts, conserving water and participating in drain as well as river clean up.   

And to demonstrate stewardship, two initiatives were introduced;

Refusing plastic bags

The day was observed under the theme; Beat Plastic Pollution.

It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic bags and plastic products than fish in the ocean if plastic pollution is not addressed today.

World Environment Day is the vehicle for organisations to use to drive awareness and educate the wider public about becoming environmental conscious.

Observe importance of World Environment Day: Kombra

Dr Kombra said the National Executive Council has approved an extra day on June 6 for this campaign, thus schools are being urged to fully utilise both days and drive the key message to students.

The United Nations’ endorsed theme for World Environment Day 2018 is “Beating plastic pollution”, and all schools throughout the country are asked to come up with local themes in line with the international theme.

​Having fun at the RSPCA stall!

Community liaison coordinator, Brigitte Baki-Ta’u, says the event, hosted by the Port Moresby Nature Park, was another success!

“Many organisations were happy to participate and talk about their contributions to saving or helping maintain our environment clean and healthy for all,” she said.

The World Environment Day theme for this year was ‘Connecting people to nature’.

So how does the RSPCA of PNG connect people to nature?