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Ridges to reefs assessment for New Britain, PNG: Planning for Sustainable Development

Jun 1, 2018

By 2050, the population of New Britain, an island off the north-east coast of Papua New Guinea, will triple in size to more than 1.9 million people. The looming threat of climate change and, in particular, periods of drought and sea level events, will pose further challenges.

This report identifies and addresses some of New Britain’s land and sea use planning needs, providing preliminary decision-support tools to support responsible and sustainable development of local-level governments.  Through a series of participatory workshops, representatives from across East and West New Britain Provinces developed draft land and sea use zoning plans. These plans were assessed against simple indicators and rankings to provide an initial analysis of how they might perform relative to the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global indicators set by the United Nations, by 2050. In addition, potential conflicts between land uses are identified for each Local Level Government area, with suggested solutions and recommendations to improve responsible sustainable development outcomes.

This report highlights that, if planning is done correctly at the outset - and sufficient land is set aside to ensure food security for 2050 - then many future issues of conflict can be avoided or minimised. 

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