PNG launches National REDD+ Strategy

Oct 6, 2017

Launching of the PNG National REDD+ strategy. © Kim Allen/UNDP

Port Moresby, 6 October 2017 – The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) officially launched its National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) 2017-2017 at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby today.

The strategy is both a key part of the country’s Green Growth Development agenda as laid out in the Strategy for Responsible and Sustainable Development (StaRS) and is central to PNG’s approach to addressing climate change. Its implementation will strengthen the sustainability of PNG’s forest industries, support agricultural development and improve land use planning and management to ensure our most important environments are protected. This will help to both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the vulnerability of rural communities to climate change.

PNG’s NRS targets action by government, communities and the private sector to help manage the country’s forests while also helping to develop rural economies. It will support improvements in legislation and capacity across government sectors including climate change, environment, forestry, and lands as well as partnerships with private sector to help strengthen economic activities and increase the opportunities for rural communities.

The development of the NRS was led by the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and PNG Forest Authority (PNGFA) with support from other government agencies, civil society and private sector representatives.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Hon. John Pundari. said “I am extremely proud to present this strategy, which has the potential to provide real benefits to our communities, our environment and our nation, while also supporting the global fight against climate change”

Minister for Forests, Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa said “I am proud to have been involved in the development of a strategy that has built on the detailed information that PNGFA have been able to provide on our coutry’s forest resources. This is truly progress in the development of evidence based forest policy and is based on on the excellent analysis conducted in PNGFA and supported by the EU funded National Forest Inventory and the PNG-FRIMS projects under JICA”.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported the development of the NRS with funding from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

Mr Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and Pacific said: “It is my privilege today to witness PNG’s progress in fighting climate change and the strides the country is taking towards the Sustainable Development Goals. REDD+ will help ensure forest development is sustainable and support green growth in PNG. I congratulate the Government of PNG and express UNDP’s ongoing committment to supporting the Government to take action on climate change.”

The NRS will be followed by the development of a National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan to ensure long-term sustainable financing and management systems are in place to support the implementation of the strategy.

“I urge all relevant government agencies, the private sector and civil society groups to see this strategy not as an achievement but as the beginning of the next phase of our joint work”, said Minister Pundari.

Contact information

Samson Kupale, FCPC REDD+ Communications Associate, +67572641570, samson.kupale@undp.org 

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Cutting of the ribbon to unveil the National REDD+ Strategy. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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Presentation of the PNG National REDD+ Strategy to be launched. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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Minister for Forests, Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa speaking at the launching of the REDD+ Strategy. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and Pacific highlights UNDPs partnership with the PNG Government. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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Officials from the government, development partners and private sectors at the launching of the National REDD+ Strategy. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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Government departments, development partners including private sectors during the REDD+ strategy. © Kim Allen/UNDP
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At the launching of the REDD+ strategy are (L-R) Minister for Environment and Climate Change Hon. John Pundari, Mirzohaydar Isoev FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project Chief Technical Advisor, Minister for Forests, Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa and Gwen Maru, UNDPs Programme Analyst (Energy & Environment). © Kim Allen/UNDP

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