Category Archives: Environment

Village Clean Up

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Help PNG, a non-government organisation that concentrates on marine environmental conservation, protection and development, is undertaking a number of projects in Papua New Guinea to contribute to a cleaner environment.

Based in Port Moresby, Help PNG wants to develop marine resources but at the same time protect them from exploitation or damage.

Help PNG chief executive officer Frank Butler said one of the NGO projects will see old tyres being used to build a reef system.

“Our main focus is a rubber-reef project where we take used car tyres, clean them up and connect them together using a special system that we’ve developed and then place them in the ocean,” Mr Butler said.

“So we are talking about thousands of tyres which normally will go to landfill. But in this instance, they are going to go and create a rubber reef. Now that will be the structure that marine animals will use as a habitat and as a feeding ground.”

Mr Butler said the rubber-reef project is in development and “is not a done deal” as they are looking at ways on how best to attach, secure and deploy the contraption.

He added that the biggest challenge is getting enough funding for training of locals and implementation of the project and is urging organisations or companies to assist Help PNG. Mr Butler said when the rubber-reef project is properly developed; it will be piloted in Bootless Bay in Central Province.

Help PNG’s other programs include harbour clean up, proper and sustainable ways of disposing aluminum cans and plastic bags, education awareness on impacts of littering. “Part of the program is to teach people not to litter,” Mr Butler said. “When it comes to littering and cleaning rubbish, people think it is somebody else’s problem. So we have an issue with ownership and taking care of the environment.”

Mr Butler and staff from Help PNG, JICA and Conservation and Environment Protection Authority recently participated in a clean up at Tubusereia village in Central Province.

A clean up program is planned for Hanuabada village in NCD next month.

http://postcourier.com.pg/village-clean-up/

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Envoy: Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry Has Export Potential

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HEAD of delegation and EU ambassador to PNG Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyroplous says agriculture, fisheries and forestry can offer the country more export potential.
He said many countries were now using trade to develop and PNG could do so too.
“These are three key renewable sectors that can offer PNG more. Perhaps not through the form of special agriculture and business leases but with the landowners fully involved as co-beneficiaries,” Argyroplous said.
“There is no doubt that there is a global demand for sustainable green products from forestry, fisheries and agriculture – which is set to steeply increase.”
He said global growth was expected to be generated by emerging economies particularly in Asia.
Argyroplous was speaking during the launching of the national trade policy (2017-2032) last week.
“The European Union acknowledges the efforts and advancements for PNG promoting the whole government approach to address the issue,” he said.
“Based on these experiences, the European Union encourages PNG to play a more prominent role and support other countries to fight against illegal fishing in the Pacific.”
He said the EU was assisting and strengthening the capacity of the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry “through inclusive progress where we involve all stakeholders, private sector and civil society who are beneficiaries of the policies”.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/envoy-agriculture-fisheries-forestry-export-potential/

Call To Improve Timber Value

THE Director of PNG Forest Institute in Lae, Dr Martin Golman, has called for institutions to work together to promote the downstream processing of timber and improve its value.

 

He made this call last Friday during a workshop by several partners from PNG and Australia to enhance value-added wood processing in the country.

 

“Collaborative support from every organisation can improve downstream processing of timber in the country. Only 20 per cent of timber is processed here while 80 per cent is exported and processed overseas so we must work together to increase that,” he said.

 

Dr Golman highlighted that processing of timber in the country promoted the Governments’  policy of downstream processing.

 

“Small-scale timber producers who produce 500 to 5,000 cubic meters of timber can treat process their timber before exporting,” he said.

 

Head of the Department of Forestry at University of Technology Dr Mex Peki said that downstream processing of timber could be improved through more research.

 

“By 2030, we want more than 80 per cent of our timber to be processed here in the country. This can be achieved through continuous support from institutions,” he said.

 

The workshop is was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, PNG Forest Research Institute, Unitech, PNG Timber and Forest Industry Training College and PNG Forest Industries Association.

via: The National [15/08/17]

Minister Called On To Confirm SABL Cancellation

“We congratulate the new ministers on their appointments, but we are urging them to immediately address the SABL issue which has been plaguing our country for far too long”, says Eddie Tanago, campaign co-ordinator for the community advocacy group ACT NOW!

“In March, the Prime Minister publicly declared all SABL are unlawful and their cancellation was publicly confirmed by the Minister for Lands in April. Both men said any leaseholders remaining on SABL land were there illegally.

“However, we are receiving reports from around the country that foreign companies are still occupying SABL land, that logging and oil palm operations are still ongoing and police are intimidating and harassing the lawful landowners.

“We are calling on the new Ministers to confirm all the SABL have been cancelled, all SABL logging operations stopped and all police personnel withdrawn from the SABL areas,” he said.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/ministers-called-confirm-sabl-cancellation/

$15 Billion Worth Of PNG Logs Are Sold To The US Annually

August 11,2017

 

Source: Post Courier Online

A recent article in the National Geographic magazine has put Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests at risk of being taken over by foreigners.

The report titled “Stained Trade” says that 12 percent of our land, that’s more than 8 million acres has been invaded by foreign investments through a 99-year land leasing scheme, rent free, with the government collecting royalties on exported logs.The biggest consumer of wood products is the United States with China selling almost $15 billion worth of PNG logs made into furniture, and home improvement items annually.

It’s a shame that unknowingly the  U.S may unwittingly be fueling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests simply by shopping at furniture stores.

A non-profit organization, ‘Global Witness’, has tracked the 9,000-mile journey of timber from the South Pacific nation, where illegal logging is rampant, through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S.

The report says companies are not doing enough to ensure the wood they’re selling is legal.

While the U.S. bans the import of illegal wood, China does not.

PNG is home to the world’s third largest tropical rain forest, with mountainous terrain and hundreds of islands, Papua New Guinea is considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

The Paris Agreement is Stronger than Donald Trump

​***PNG Stands Firm on Paris Agreement***

Papua New Guinea, along with all other countries that signed the Paris Agreement, will stand firm despite the United States’ announcement of withdrawal.

Climate Change & Development Authority (CCDA) managing director, Ruel Yamuna, said this in response to U.S President Donald Trump’s recent announcement.

Yamuna said PNG will continue to negotiate for the strongest possible outcome to ensure climate action is implemented.

He said PNG, through CCDA in partnership with key government departments, state agencies and other development partners, will continue to work with all stakeholders to implement PNG’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

“Climate change is real and already affecting the livelihoods of communities in PNG,” he stated.

“The Paris Agreement is stronger than Donald Trump.”

Yamuna revealed that the current ambition to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions remains insufficient.

“We are still heading for global warming of 3 – 4 Degrees Celsius with disastrous consequences to communities living on the frontlines of climate change as droughts, storms and floods threaten their homes, harvests and livelihoods.”

Yamuna highlighted that all other countries in the world have begun negotiating the rulebook for the implementation of the landmark climate deal.

This follows the recent SB 46 Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, last month.

They will continue to do so under the leadership of the Kingdom of Morocco as the present Conference of the Parties (COP) President and Fiji as the incoming COP President.

Last Thursday, President Trump proclaimed that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, which he claimed placed “draconian” financial burdens on the American people.

According to CNN, Trump said: “We’re getting out. And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”

The Paris Agreement unites nations into a common cause; to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

Loop PNG Quintina Naime June 7, 2017 at 9.23 am

El Nino warning issued

BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG

Papua New Guinea must prepare for a potential El Nino weather phenomena in August, which could bring drier than normal conditions, the National Disaster Centre warned yesterday.

National Disaster Centre acting director Martin Mose said preparations on this potential El Nino should not be taken lightly.

“We have all witnessed the events of various El Nino’s in the past, and currently we can see and feel that during the day time, it is much warmer and there are cooler and colder nights.

“In 2015 and 2016, more than 2.4 million Papua New Guineans were affected by El Nino, where almost 400,000 people faced food insecurity,” he said.

Mr Mose said aside from food insecurity and malnutrition, the 2015 El Nino induced drought also created a number of other critical needs including water shortages, lack of proper sanitation and increased incidences of communicable diseases.

“The shortage of water led to the closure of many schools and the economic impact of that phenomenon was estimated to be widespread, affecting small to medium size businesses as well as bigger industries such as mining and agriculture,” he said.

National Weather Service assistant director forecasting and warning centre Jimmy Gomoga said that the World Meteorological Organisation had, since March, reported a 50 percent likelihood of a return to El Nino in the second half of 2017.

“When moving into El Nino, scientist are monitoring the Central Pacific where there is an increase in the temperature.

“Some of the El Nino impacts on the weather parametres are that, when the Central Pacific experiences warmer temperature, reduced rainfall in the Western Pacific where the temperatures become cooler, drought conditions experienced, and there is delay on the onset of the monsoon with also reduced number of tropical cyclones,” he said.

He said the temperature was warmer due to the reduced cloud cover, where the sun’s energy comes right through, therefore, during the daytime, it is much warmer and at night, it is very cold.

“For the highlands, there will be colder nights with extremely increased frost hazards,” he said.

Mr Mose was pleased that PNG has adopted a systematic approach to planning for the actions.

“It is important that we start with technical inputs from experts as such from National Weather Service, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), to share with us the likely climate impacts and location of the likely impacts on analysis of the historical climate data.

http://postcourier.com.pg/el-nino-warning-issued/

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