Category Archives: Environment

4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

Govt thanks Trivedy

Source: Loop PNG

14/12/2017

The PNG Government acknowledges the outgoing UNDP resident representative Roy Trivedy on his services towards pushing forward the UN SDG on Climate Action (SDG 13).

He was also acknowledged on his part in giving services towards the conservation and protection of biodiversity areas in PNG.

 

Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change John Pundari said given the strategic support and leadership provided by UNDP under the leadership of Mr Trivedy, a lot has been achieved in the last four (4) years.

 

Pundari said he is satisfied that PNG as a country is on the right path towards achieving some of the National Goals as well as the SDG’s.

 

“With the recent launch of the National REDD+ Strategy and after attending the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Bonn, Germany, there is still a lot of work to be done but I am confident that with the ongoing partnership with UNDP and other good development partners, we are on track to push forward the climate resilient development agenda and conservation and protection of biodiversity in PNG,” Minister Pundari said.

 

Papua New Guinea is implementing SDG 13 through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which is an official document that allows all countries, developed and developing to take action on climate change and officially make it known to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Author: Imelda Wavik

National Agriculture Summit Underway

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit commenced on Monday.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, opened the summit to indicate his Government’s commitment to really improve the sector.

 

The Summit was also attended by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders.

 

In his Opening Remarks, Agriculture Minister, Benny Allan, said this summit gives the opportunity for the private investors both large and small to talk, and the Government to listen.

 

He said the Government has come up with policies for the Agriculture Sector, but has not sat down with the players to listen to them.

 

Referring to the theme of the Agriculture Summit of “Unlocking the Power of Agriculture for PNG”, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, reiterated its importance and reaffirms his government’s commitment in the sector as captured in the Alotau Accord.

 

“We’ve seen PNG’s Economy go into vast cycles for quite a while, largely because we over depend ourselves on one sector of the Economy (resources). And it has serve PNG well, but I think we’re too complaisant and we are not realising all the other potentials that we have in our country. Especially, when all the Commodity Prices of Oil and Gas goes down, our economy goes down.”

 

Representatives from all sectors of Agriculture packed the Lamana Conference Room to be part of this first ever organised National Agriculture Summit.

 

Presentations are based on each Agricultural Business and investment and the challenges they face including solutions to assist the Government improve the sector.

 

The conclusion of the summit will assist the Government through the Department of Agriculture, come up with a Medium Term Agriculture Development Plan.

 

The Summit will continue today(Monday) and will end on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Author: Charmaine Poriambep of Loop PNG

Gas-powered project to be constructed

 

The National Executive Council has approved a 57.78 megawatts gas-powered project to be constructed near the LNG site outside Port Moresby.

 

 

The announcement was made by Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on Friday (Nov 10) during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.

 

He said the project will be constructed by an independent power producer (IPP), NiuPower Limited, a joint venture company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

 

 

“The electricity will be sold to PNG Power Ltd (PPL) under a power purchase agreement between PPL and NiuPower.”

 

 

Duma said the project was identified as a critical and special key infrastructure project with significant impact in meeting Port Moresby’s demand for power as well as the potential to reduce PPL’s retail tariffs throughout PNG.

 

 

“The total cost of the power plant project alone is valued at PGK375 million (US$115.1 million), to be equity funded by NiuPower to design, procure, install and commission the project,” said Duma.

 

 

He stated that in order to transfer power generated by the gas fired power plant to the Port Moresby grid, PPL will be constructing a double circuit 66 kilovolt transmission line from the power plant site to a new Gerehu substation.

 

 

“The transmission line and Gerehu substation, including any associated transmission and distribution lines expansions, will be funded by PPL at a cost of K60 million.”

 

 

Duma said the unit cost for producing power through gas compares favourably to other existing and alternative energy sources in Port Moresby.

 

 

“The average power tariff or unit cost to PPL is US$ cents per kilowatt-hour subject to fuel prices and escalation, and this is the cheapest compared to existing PPL generating sources.”

 

 

Duma said the gas fired project will be PPL’s first cost effective IPP ever negotiated by PNG Power Ltd.

 

 

Author: Meredith Kuusa via Loop PNG

Inception workshop to strengthen food production

An inception workshop is underway at the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) headquarters, outside Lae, to put into perspective issues associated with food production.

 

 

The project “Strengthening food production capacity and the resilience to drought of vulnerable communities” is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by NARI in partnership with provincial and district administrations, and other relevant NGOs.

 

 

The workshop is expected to attract over 40 representatives from 20 districts of 11 lowland provinces to be covered under this project. Senior managers of NARI and representatives from EU office in PNG are also expected to participate in this event.

 

 

The two-day event starts on Wednesday, 25 October and ends on Thursday, 26 October.

 

 

It is expected to provide an opportunity for participants to establish common understanding on the objectives, major activities to be undertaken and the expected outcomes of the project.

 

 

The overall objective of the workshop is to gather all potential partners to select and confirm target project sites in each of the identified districts, plan activities for year one and firm up partnership arrangements in order to start the implementation phase.

 

 

The 4-year project, launched in May, is expected to be completed in 2021. The overall objective of this Euro 3 million EU supported project is to contribute to achieving a greater resilience of smallholder farming and rural communities in PNG to abiotic stresses arising from seasonal weather patterns, climate change or natural disasters impacting on their livelihoods.

 

 

The full implementation phase is expected to commence in January next year and will cover various sites in Madang, Morobe, East Sepik, Sandaun, Manus, West New Britain, Central, Milne Bay, Western, Gulf and Northern provinces. These target sites, selected based on assessment reports of various institutions, including the PNG National Disaster Centre, have been found to be among the worst affected areas during the recent 2015 – 2016 El Niño induced drought.

 

 

NARI, as the lead implementing agency, hopes to use this workshop organised for provinces in the Momase and Islands region to formalise partnerships and to obtain the commitment of respective provinces and districts to provide their support for the successful implementation of the project.

 

 

A similar workshop is planned for the provinces in the southern region in mid-November.

 

 

(Participants of the official launching of the project on Kiriwina, Milne Bay Province, last May)

Author:

Press Release

GREEN ENERGY POLICY NEEDED: BASIL

Environmentally friendly means such as solar, hydro and geothermal may soon become the prime source of energy for the country’s power generation.

Newly appointed Minister for Communication, Information Technology & Energy, Sam Basil says the country’s geographical features provides great potential for this eco-friendly approach.

The three term parliamentarian has had experience in rolling out rural electrification projects in his electorate of Bulolo in the Morobe province.

This he hopes can be replicated throughout all districts in the country.

‘It is my intention to use that experience in rural electrification to address key issues in electricity,’ said Basil.

But while such a plan is in the pipeline for the Minister, a more pressing issue is on hand which he hopes to address soon.

The country currently does not have an Energy Policy to regulate the sector.

The Minister says he will open discussions with concerned statutory bodies to draw up the needed regulatory framework for the policy.

This country is long overdue for an Energy Policy to harness and maximise what we have, as well as what we need, from our development partners and investors,’ said Basil.

The innovative approach by the Minister, which will benefit the country in providing sufficient power generation, also meets the obligations set in the various international conventions that PNG is a part of.

The most recent being the Paris Agreement which was rectified by Parliament last year.
As a signatory to the convention the country has the responsibility to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to help reduce the effects of global warming.

Such a green approach puts the country in good stead in meeting its international obligations and providing an effective service for the people.

With this great potential in the energy sector, Minister Basil says there are development partners that are ready to work with the state in achieving this target.

‘We have investors, development partners and expertise on standby to help us do this. The challenge is on us to harness all these, and other stakeholders, to work in a coordinated partnership approach to achieve this,’ said the Minister.

Source: Gregory Avira PNG TV October 24, 2017 at 12.02pm

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups

 
October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
 
 
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
 
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
 
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
 
The deadline lapsed in February.
 
“NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities,” he said.
 
“Whether it’s agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.”
 
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
 
“Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified,” he said.
 
“So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.”
 
Tkatchenko said it was part of the 100-day plan that Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel had put forward.
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