By LUKE KAMA
The first agreement to address the issue of climate change between a Government agency and a private company was signed in Port Moresby yesterday.
The partnership agreement was signed between the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and eminent Papua New Guinean private sector company Oil Search Ltd (OSL).
The partnership will see both agencies sharing information and expertise to build climate change-resilient communities through climate change mitigation and adaptation activities in some parts of the country.
Minister for Environment and Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari said this was the first public-private partnership signed between CCDA on behalf of the Government and a private sector investor in the country.
“This is an important occasion for our people and our country in so far as addressing the issues of climate change is concerned,” he said.
“We acknowledge and commend the support from Oil Search, which is in fact one of the first corporate citizen to respond to the Feb 26 earthquake in the Highlands region.” Oil Search Ltd managing director Peter Botten said OSL had a strong corporate social responsibility.
He said the company was happy to support Climate Change and Development Authority develop community-based climate change adaptation programme within its geographical reach and explore the potential of other initiatives.
The signing was done by Climate Change and Development Authority managing director Ruel Yamuna and Botten. It was witnessed by United States Ambassador to PNG Catherine Ebert-Gray, Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, Pundari and other dignitaries.
By LUKE KAMA