Papua New Guinea Announcements

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is making progress in developing its National REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP) following the Government’s endorsement of the country’s National REDD+ Strategy in 2017.

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Papua New Guinea initiated a process to establish a Multi-stakeholder Palm Oil Platform tasked with developing an action plan and policy approach for sustainable palm oil for the country.

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Port Moresby, 23 November 2017 – Papua New Guinea (PNG) is known for its diverse, pristine natural environment and equally rich culture. This keeps the people inherently attached to their land as well as its natural features. The nation is one of the most naturally rich and diverse of any in the world, containing a remarkable 7% of the world’s biodiversity in just 1% of the Earth’s land mass.

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Three highly contrasting countries from the Asia-Pacific region will present their vision for REDD+ and explain how their REDD+ strategies will contribute to meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Myanmar will present progress in integrating REDD+ into the National Comprehensive Development Plan of Myanmar; Mongolia will share progress in integrating REDD+ into Green Development Strategy of Mongolia; and PNG will update progress in integrating REDD+ into the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development and Climate Change Commitments under Paris Agreement.

Date: 16 November 2017, 12:30 – 14:00

Venue: Room E10 at UNDP Pavilion (Bonn Zone)

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Upcoming event:

ASIA-PACIFIC SOUTH-SOUTH LEARNING EVENT ON COUNTRY APPROACHES TO REDD+ SAFEGUARDS AND SAFEGUARDS INFORMATION SYSTEMS 

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) officially launched its National REDD+ Strategy 2017- 2027 on 06 October 2017 at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.

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A REDD+ planning retreat brought together key government agencies, development partners and representatives from the private sector in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, from the 20 – 23 June 2017.

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The UN-REDD Programme hosted a side event at COP22 in Marrakesh for South-South exchange between REDD+ countries on reference levels and results reporting.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been a leading proponent of REDD+ under the UNFCCC, jointly tabling an agenda item on “Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action” in 2005 with Costa Rica. Since 2010 PNG has been implementing REDD+ readiness activities including the development of a national forest monitoring system (NFMS), a forest reference emission level (FREL)/Forest Reference Level(FRL), a safeguards system and a national REDD+ strategy; as well as raising awareness among a diverse range of stakeholders including land owners, government ministries, CSOs, NGOs and the private sector. PNG has received REDD+ readiness support from a number of sources including the UN-REDD Programme, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), JICA, the EU, GIZ, UNDP and FAO.

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A stakeholder consultation workshop on agricultural mapping was held in Port Moresby on 4 November 2016 to present the results of a study that 1) assessed current extent of agriculture in five provinces, and 2) estimated future scenarios for agricultural expansion in these provinces.  The study was carried out under UNDP’s FCPF REDD+ Readiness Project in close collaboration with PNG Forest Authority and the Climate Change and Development Authority with the support of JICA and FAO UN REDD Programme through PNGFA.  Key stakeholders represented at the workshop included the PNG Forest Authority, Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Department of Treasury, Prime Minister’s Office, and NGOs. 

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UNDP, as Delivery Partner for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), is supporting the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the development of a National REDD+ Strategy. For this process to be successful it is critical that key stakeholders have a strong understanding of what REDD+ is and the different elements that go into developing and implementing a national policy approach to REDD+.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) will present the country’s progress on REDD+ readiness at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Morocco next month. In preparation, the Government of Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) is currently conducting a REDD+ training course in Kokopo, East New Britain, as part of its National REDD+ Strategy development process.

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UNDP is seeking 5 consultants (2 national and 3 international) to support PNG in the development of its national REDD+ strategy, a national palm oil policy and platform, a grievance and redress mechanism, and in assessing REDD+ financing options. Please apply by 28 September.

 

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A National REDD+ expert training will be held during 17-21 October 2016. This event is part of a series of REDD+ trainings being conducted by the Papua New Guinea Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) team in collaboration and with support from the UN-REDD Programme Asia/Pacific team. The aim of the training is to increase understanding of REDD+ concepts among key stakeholders from the government, NGOs and private sector. The stakeholders attended these training sessions are important to help ensure the successful development and implementation of REDD+ in Papua New Guinea.

In late September 2016 (date TBD), the Papua New Guinea (PNG) National REDD+ Programme with support from FCPF and technical experts from the UN-REDD Programme will hold a National Validation Workshop for all relevant stakeholders on the key 'Issues and Options' related to the development of REDD+ strategy in Papua New Guinea. This work will lay the foundation for the development of the country's National REDD+ strategy. A draft outline of the strategy is expected to be complete towards the end of 2016, and PNG is aiming to have a completed National REDD+ Strategy in 2017.

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