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New Ireland Province – first island province in Papua New Guinea signs up for the Green Growth & Climate Resilient Project

On March 13, the New Ireland Provincial Government signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to promote programs, projects, and other joint activities in support of the climate resilient green growth in the province. New Ireland is the third province to sign this MOU with GGGI and CCDA after Milne Bay and Enga. The project will be piloted in these three provinces for the next three years.

Funded by the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership, the USD4.4 million project will be implemented by GGGI. The project aims to mainstream climate resilience and green growth priorities into provincial planning and budgeting, strengthen capacity of the provincial government in planning and mobilizing finance for climate compatible projects, reaching the two districts of the province.

The Provincial Administrator, Mr. Lamiller Pawut has expressed gratitude for the project saying New Ireland Provincial Government is supportive of this project.

“We are grateful to the Project Management Committee led by key line agencies within the National Government for choosing New Ireland as a focus province under this Climate Resilient Green Growth Project.”

“This is a significant step for the National Government as it signs up this beautiful tourist attracted island province to the CRGG Project. The Climate Change and Development Authority’s ambition is to promote climate resilience communities and low carbon development across PNG,” said Ruel Yamuna, CCDA Managing Director

Australian High Commission Counsellor, Diane Barclay said: “Australia is working closely with the Government of PNG to build a climate resilient future and this is one of many actions we are supporting to enhance the resilience of communities in PNG. This project is additional to our existing support through the Adventist Development Relief Agency and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to build resilience of rural communities in New Ireland.

“GGGI is appreciative of the leadership of the New Ireland Provincial Government and the Climate Change Development Authority for their leadership and commitment in addressing climate issues. The New Ireland Provincial Government’s leadership in signing up for the CRGG project demonstrates that the Provincial Administration is serious about the need for approaches to ensure climate resilience as well as sustainable and inclusive development. We are eager to implement this project to its fullest potential so that the communities and the unique ecosystem of the province benefit from it” – said Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, GGGI Country Representative in PNG. The signing of the MOU with the New Ireland Province marks the Climate Change and Development Authority and Global Green Growth Institute’s growing presence in the provinces of Papua New Guinea. It also demonstrates the support and commitment provided by the provincial governments to address climate change issues at the sub-national level.

About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports governments of developing countries to transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in over 37 partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on www.gggi.org. You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea
+675 7314-0731
achala.abeysinghe@gggi.org