The event took place on Friday, April 21st. This coincided with the swearing in of seven members to the Provincial Climate Change Committee.
The program was jointly implemented by the New Ireland Provincial Administration, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and delivery partner Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut, in his opening remarks, thanked all stakeholders for their input into the development of the New Ireland Province Climate Resilience Plan.
“It gives me great confidence to say that the launch of the New Ireland Climate Resilience Assessment Plan and Report, and the swearing in of PCCC members, is New Ireland’s response and contribution. Ireland to PNG’s Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs.
“It is ultimately our response also to the Paris Agreement under Article 4 which calls on parties to prepare, communicate and maintain successive NDCs that the country intends to achieve to combat climate change” , Mr. Pawut said.
Mr Pawut added that the New Ireland Integrated Provincial Development Plan currently being developed builds on the Climate Resilience Plan and will be aligned with the PNG Medium Term Development Plan 2023-2027.
The New Ireland Climate Resilience Plan follows three years of consultations with local stakeholders, which began in late 2019.
The plan includes priority actions for the province to adapt to and mitigate climate change in the economic and social services sector with immediate long-term goals.
“Working alongside New Ireland to assess its green growth potential, climate vulnerability and, most importantly, its plan to address it, has been a great learning curve for all stakeholders and an unparalleled experience for international intergovernmental organizations. like GGGI,” said Sakiusa Tuisolia, National Representative of GGGI.
CCDA National Communications Manager Erick Sarut led the swearing-in ceremony for seven New Ireland PCCC members.
The committee’s key role is to coordinate climate change efforts at provincial level, communicate with the national government on climate action and provide climate-related advice for the benefit of New Ireland communities.
The New Ireland Climate Resilience Plan, PCCC Assessment Report and Swearing-in Ceremony is supported under the 2019 four-year Climate Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) Project to 2022.