Press Release

Enga, Milne Bay and New Ireland Provinces in PNG to deliver draft sector plans and budgets integrating Climate Resilience and Green Growth (CRGG) considerations.

Loloata Resort, Central Province Papua New Guinea, 27th September-1st October 2021

Under the leadership and guidance of Papua New Guinea Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is supporting three pilot provinces (Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland) to develop CRGG inclusive sector plans and budgets.

This week, provincial planners, sector specialists, and key technical experts from the three provinces took part in a one-week intensive, participatory writeshop to develop their sector plans. Representatives from the Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPLGA), and the Australia High Commission also participated in the writeshop.

The writeshop was delivered under the Climate-Resilient Green Growth project funded by the Australian Government.

During the opening session of this writeshop, Mr. William Lakain, Acting Managing Director of CCDA said: “I am pleased to say that, under CCDA’s leadership, PNG National Determined Contributions (NDC) electricity and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) roadmaps were validated last week. This important milestone lays out the implementation plan for PNG to achieve its bold NDC targets. The work the provinces are undertaking under the CRGG initiative will also contribute to attaining our enhanced NDC targets by bringing transformational and impactful changes through inclusive and resilient green growth interventions at scale”.

Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp, said: “Australia is pleased to support this conference as a valuable opportunity to integrate CRGG into PNG’s sustainable future. This workshop, with teams from Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland, will ensure that climate is considered in provincial government planning, including capital investments, annual budgets, and sectoral plans. This is a key commitment under the PNG-Australia Climate Change Action Plan (PACCAP). The Australian High Commission thanks GGGI for their organization of this conference and wishes all participants a productive and successful week”.

Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, GGGI Country Representative for PNG in her opening remarks stated GGGI’s role is to provide technical assistance and facilitate the planning process to support PNG achieve its climate targets and sustainable development goals.  We are pleased that through this program, Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland Provinces are setting positive examples on how they can contribute to national and global efforts through provincially determined climate-resilient and green growth contributions. GGGI thanks CCDA, DPLGA, and the Department of National Planning and Monitoring for their leadership and the Australian Government for the financial support for this flagship program.

The writeshop was organized for five (5) days. Based on CRGG assessments conducted by GGGI earlier and following several rounds of rigorous reviews and iteration during the writeshop, the three provinces developed and elaborated their sectoral CRGG plan zero drafts. The next steps are for the provincial teams to finalize these sector plans in the coming months with GGGI’s technical support. The respective provincial authorities will then follow their internal processes for necessary approval and endorsement before the sector plans are incorporated into their appropriate 5-year development plans.

The writeshop also provided a platform to strengthen collaboration and mutual learning between the provinces and national agencies, as part of the CRGG replication plan.

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About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea
achala.abeysinghe@GGGI.org