Finalising the draft National Adaptation Plan for submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Climate Change knows no boundaries and cuts across all sectors. The need to mainstream climate risks into all sectoral development planning processes has reached a critical stage.

August 31, 2022

Villagers waiting for a Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) at the base of a landslide along the Okuk Highway at Daulo Pass, Eastern Highlands Province. Roads are being eroded at a faster rate. Is this a result of climate change? The National Adaptation Plan looks at mainstreaming climate risks into all sectoral development planning process.

Clive Hawigen | UNDP Papua New Guinea.

Mitigating and adapting to Climate Change must be factored into all aspects of policy both at the national and subnational levels.

Participants, at a two-day validation exercise aimed at finalising the development of a draft National Adaptation Plan were urged to consider these two factors as it will guide the adaptation strategies and actions for dealing with climate change's impacts from 2022-2030 in Papua New Guinea.

Participants at the validation workshop.

Seru Kepa | UNDP Papua New Guinea.

 

The event assisted in providing validation to the draft National Adaptation Plan to be finalised, endorsed and submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and finally implemented as Papua New Guinea’s National Adaptation Plan to climate change.

Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA) General Manager for Adaptation and Projects Division, Mr Jacob Ekinye, said the NAP is a very important document, as far as climate change adaptation efforts are concerned.

“Those who are here from the provinces will attest to the fact that advanced effects of climate change are evident everywhere. Roads are being eroded at a faster rate, inhabitants of islands and atoll communities are faced with this unimaginable possibility of being submerged, landslides across national roads, causing loss of revenue, inland flooding resulting in food security problems. Ultimately, our objective through this NAP is to attend to the plight of these vulnerable communities and groups as part of broader government efforts. Papua New Guinea will be one of very few countries in this region to have developed a national adaptation plan,” said Mr Ekinye.

UNDP's Office in Charge Edward Vrkic, said Papua New Guinea is of the world's ten most climate change vulnerable countries.

“Climate Change is already affecting Papua New Guinea's people and ecosystems. The importance of adapting to climate change is a question for all sectors. It is not just an environmental issue. It is a health, an economic, an agricultural and a planning issue. It affects all and every facet of our lives,” said Mr Vrkic.

CCDA's Mr. Jonah Auka facilitating one of the sessions.

Seru Kepa | UNDP Papua New Guinea.

The National Adaptation Plan will be the first national plan for adaptation to climate change in the country’s history. It aims to embed climate change action within sectoral planning and budgeting. UNDP is working closely with CCDA, the national government and communities. The NAP builds upon the country’s sustainable development goal 13 Road Map and key climate change policies.