Wabag, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, 1-2 September 2020, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) delivered its Climate Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) assessment and consultation workshop on the provincial CRGG priorities under the guidance and leadership of the Enga Provincial Administration. With an aspiration to creating a climate-resilient and green growth pathway for its environment, people, and its economy, the Enga Provincial Administration, Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), and GGGI held the consultations. Guided by its partnership with the CCDA and GGGI that was signed on 25th February 2020 and witnessed by Australia’s High Commission in PNG, the Enga Province took the bold step to successfully lead the two-day event abiding with the ‘new normal’ (Tok Pisin – niupela pasin) measures on the 1st to 2nd September 2020.
The CRGG assessment and identification of provincial CRGG priorities are activities under the Climate Resilient and Green Growth (CRGG) Project. This work is funded by the PNG-Australia Partnership and is implemented by GGGI with guidance from CCDA, Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), and Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPLGA).
The workshop involved technical presentations followed by discussions on the impacts of climate change on the environment, people, and economy of the province. It brought together a good mix of technical advisors from key sectors in the province to deliberate and build consensus on the diagnostic results of CRGG preliminary assessment of Enga Province.
The GGGI Specialists on CRGG used a data-driven approach to prioritize different issues in Enga Province and based on the national and subnational data findings developed a provincial scorecard to depict the province’s performance in different areas of green growth. With a focus on the province’s environment, people and economy’s exposure, sensitivity, adaptative capacity, vulnerability to climate change, the workshop ensured provincial stakeholders in Enga determined where the province is at on elements of green growth.
Mr. Jonah Auka, Projects Manager in CCDA mentioned in his opening remarks at the workshop that CCDA seeks to improve and strengthen strategies and policies at the national level based on real-time climate information drawn from provinces. The CRGG assessments provide one example of a stream of climate information required in Enga Province as one of the first Highlands Provinces to undergo this assessment. This assessment exercise will indicate to CCDA and the Enga Provincial Government the key priority areas both in mitigation and adaptation that require support by the Government, the development partners, and the private sector in the province. The CCDA will continue to provide the enabling environment and work in partnership with the relevant stakeholders to access the needed climate financing to meet the adaptation and mitigation priorities for PNG and its people.
In addressing the stakeholders in his opening remarks, Deputy Provincial Administrator of Enga Province, Mr. Raphael Taimean acknowledged the leadership of CCDA, Australian High Commission, and technical expertise of GGGI on the implementation of the CRGG project in Enga. He remarked that due to COVID 19, this is the first virtual meeting that about 62 provincial stakeholders registered in Enga were able to exchange views directly with the on-line participants joining from Port Moresby and in South Korea on Climate Resilient Green Growth matters relating to Enga.
“In addressing climate resilient and green growth opportunities in the province, GGGI is pleased to see the Provincial Climate Change Committee (PCCC) in Enga diversifying its 3 CRGG priority ideas covering climate-smart agriculture, renewable energy, and social inclusion. The work of Enga Province has set the bar high for other CRGG project provinces as the PCCC has shown leadership and provided guidance to selecting these diversified priorities,” said Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, GGGI Country Representative for PNG.
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Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea