Authority to set up office in Enga

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CLIMATE Change and Development Authority acting managing director Ruel Yamuna says Enga is to be the seventh province to have in place a provincial climate change committee.
Yamuna said establishing provincial climate change committees was part of capacity- building in the provincial governance system to ensuring effective and efficient implementation of climate change programmes in provinces and districts.
“We have already established committees in six provinces – Morobe, Milne Bay, New Ireland, Northern, Madang and Eastern Highlands – and Enga will be the seventh,” he said.
“They are going to be our focal point of contact at the provincial levels because they will be on the ground assessing the needs of our communities and the impacts of climate change.”
Yamuna said it was important that the authority was establishing systems and structures to implement climate change programmes.
“It’s common sense. You must have a system and a structure that is effective and efficient to deliver efficiently on the ground,” he said.
“Climate change is something that is affecting every one of us and the most vulnerable are the unfortunate ones in our communities and the Government of the day is very much committed to addressing this issue under the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the portfolio Minister John Pundari.”
He said there was great support from the provincial governments and “we are confident to establish committees in all the provinces quickly so that we can start some of the climate change programmes”.
“We cannot sit back and wait because it’s already affecting the lives of our small people in their little hamlets.”

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