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The Department of Lands and Physical Planning has brought together stakeholders from relevant national and provincial government agencies, incorporated landowner groups, and the private sector in the stakeholder consultation meeting on the review of PNG’s National Sustainable Land Use (NSLUP) for Southern Region from 28 to 30 October 2020. 

This is the last regional consultation workshop to share experiences and lessons learned, and to contribute to the revision of the NSLUP in the country. 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) within its project on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) supporting the Government of PNG to harmonise land use sector based legislations in line with the National REDD+ Strategy 2017-2027 which was endorsed by the Government back in 2017. 

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Honourable John Rosso, Minister for Lands and Physical Planning acknowledged the support of all stakeholders and development partners to sustain and advance economic growth, and to promote responsible stewardship of land resources and social well-being in the country.

“Land is critical for Papua New Guinea as more than 90 percent of lands belong to people and having views of respective government agencies and landowners are important for us to streamline our efforts towards sustainable future of the nation,” said Honourable Minister Rosso. 

The UNDP Chief Technical Advisor Mr. Mirzohaydar Isoev, on behalf of UNDP, appreciated the Department of Lands for its leadership to ensure sustainable and green growth development in the country.

“UNDP as a longstanding partner of the Government is pleased to be part of the process, and to assist PNG moving toward the greener and more sustainable country. Whilst, we are also supporting other lead agencies to review the climate change and forestry policies – to align all sectoral legislations with the national and international commitments,” he said.