Tackling greenhouse gases


CLIMATE Change and Development Authority (CCDA) has set up plans to work together with stakeholders over the next three years to reduce the impact of climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) in the country, acting managing director William Lakain says.
He said the three documents include Papua New Guinea’s GHG inventory improvement plan, energy mitigation plan and the agriculture, forestry and other land use (Afolu) mitigation plan.
Lakain said it was important that enabling legal and governance frameworks were in place and driven by stakeholders for PNG to achieve its climate change mitigation and adaptation targets.
“I believe that through partnerships with private sector, multilateral agencies and development partners, we will fulfil our commitment to the Paris Agreement by holding the increase in the global average temperature,” he said.
Lakain said this following a validation workshop attended by stakeholders such as National Research Institute, New Zealand High Commission, National Energy Authority, Japanese International Corporation Agency, Food and Agriculture Organisation and the German Agency for International Cooperation, the Transport Department, ExxonMobil, Puma Energy and others in Port Moresby on Monday.
He said the workshop would validate in terms of giving final endorsement for those policy documents to be effective.
“We are looking forward to have consensus reached by all relevant stakeholders and have the document validated before an official endorsement is made,” he said.
Acting general manager for measurement, reporting and verification Debra Sungi said the validation of the documents was to allow key stakeholders review and input made prior in the process leading to the final draft.
“It is an effort to build commitment to transparency and inclusivity in how these plans are developed and be implemented by sectors,” she said.
“With NDC’s in place, the next step is to ensure legal governance frameworks are established to source funding for implementation of these significant document.”

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