The National, Tuesday March 4th, 2014
By LAZARUS BIRA
PAPUA New Guinea is almost done with the second report on climate change data that will be submitted to UN Convention on Climate Change, the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) says.
This was the guarantee given by the REDD+ and Mitigation manager Joe Pokana during the second validation workshop aimed at getting justification from stakeholders before the second report was finalised.
Pokana said the second national communication would be submitted to the UN Convention on Climate Change by September.
“A national communication is a report submitted every four years on what a member country of the UNFCCC is doing to address climate change, which PNG will be doing,” Pokana said.
The areas covered in the report are national circumstances, national green gas inventory, national mitigation analysis, vulnerability and adaptation assessment and other relevant categories.
Pokana said the report was a vital medium where member countries can help deal with climate change.
He said the first national communication was submitted in 2002 but the second one was never submitted.
He said in 2010 the OCCD took over the role of preparing the national communication from the United Nations Development Programme.
He said in that year the data was collected and a second national communication workshop was held but was unsuccessful.
Pokana said the third national communication should be submitted in 2018.