PG07 Climate-Resilient Green Growth Project

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO4 Improved air quality, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q1  Feb 28 2019
End Date q4 Dec 31 2022
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 4,415,152
Budget Percentage %
Actual Expenditure (USD)
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD)
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Australia High Commission ( Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting
  • Climate Resilient and Green Growth
GGGI Project Code : PG07
Project Manager and Staff +
Achala Abeysinghe

Country Representative, Papua New Guinea

Charles Iha

Senior Program Officer, Papua New Guinea

Hohit Seyoum Gebreegziabher

Program Officer, Papua New Guinea

Jennifer Shirley Nila

Finance and Administrative Associate, Papua New Guinea

Sharon Tubal

Provincial Project Officer, Papua New Guinea

Silina Tagagau

Provincial Project Officer, Papua New Guinea

Trevor Galgal

Senior Program Officer, Papua New Guinea

Private: Jisu Min

Sr. Analyst -Policy Solutions (Integration)

Akhil Singh

Senior Officer, Impact and Evaluation Unit

Bertha Wakisa Chiudza

Senior Officer, Climate Action and Inclusive Development division

Jan Stelter

Senior Analyst, Green Growth Potential Assessment

Project Context

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has experienced consistent economic growth and made steady yet modest progress across various social development indicators since the early 2000s. However, this has mainly been driven by reliance on non-sustainable extraction and export of oil, gas, and minerals. PNG is characterized as a dual economy, with extractive industries providing a large share of GDP and government revenue, while subsistence agriculture supports nearly 80% of the population. Recent economic prosperity has helped drive improvements in social conditions such as increased life expectancy and education. However, overall, translating economic growth into a strong quality of life gains for most ordinary citizens remains a major challenge.

Climate change also presents a challenge to PNG’s future economic growth and social development prospects. Floods are estimated to cause USD 8-20 million of damage and affect up to 26,000 people each year on average. Landslides that result from heavy rainfall destroy houses and roads, cutting off access to remote communities. Livelihoods dependent on agriculture, as well as coastal ecosystems (coral reefs and mangroves), are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. If left unchecked, it is estimated that climate change could cause losses of up to 15% of the country’s GDP by 2100.

Despite these challenges, PNG has an abundance of natural resource assets that, if harnessed properly, can deliver substantial economic and social development benefits. In recognition of these challenges and opportunities, the Government of PNG (GoPNG) has crafted a bold and transformational long-term development strategy in PNG Vision 2050 and the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development (StaRS). The strategy states that strengthening PNG’s climate resilience and pursuing an inclusive, green growth development path is the focus of GoPNG’s development strategy.

Achieving this vision will require GoPNG to embed inclusive climate-resilient green growth (CRGG) into its development planning processes and to convert these plans into concrete, investible CRGG initiatives. Although various development partners have supported GoPNG in environmental sustainability, social inclusion, gender equality, climate change adaptation, or economic development in recent years, such efforts have mostly been very localized, project-driven, and not subsequently replicated or scaled up.

Project Aim

Through Australia Government funding, GGGI is supporting the GoPNG to achieve inclusive Climate-Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) in PNG’s provinces since 2019. The broader vision underpinning this project is to eventually see inclusive CRGG priorities be systematically mainstreamed into the regular planning, budgeting, and project management systems of provincial governments in all 22 provinces of PNG.
For this four-year project, the anticipated end outcomes are that PNG is planning for CRGG in multiple sectors and provinces and is delivering green growth projects with leveraged finance.
The project focuses in three provinces (Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland), recognizing that systematic mainstreaming of CRGG into provincial planning, budgeting, and project management systems has never been done before in PNG and will require an approach to be tested and refined.

Specifically, the project supports GoPNG to achieve the following long-term targets outlined in PNG Vision 2050 and StaRS:

• Shifting the composition of economic growth to 70% of GDP being derived from renewable or sustainable sectors by 2050;
• Ensuring over 50% of PNG citizens are supported to become more resilient to climate change by 2050;
• Achieving inclusive growth, with PNG ranked in the top 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index by 2050.

Project outcomes

The project proposes to deliver a set of outputs grouped into 3 interrelated components: (1) Provincial CRGG planning; (2) CRGG project preparation; and (3) Enabling finance for CRGG. The outcomes for each component are below:

• Component 1 outcome: the successful integration of CRGG into provincial planning processes.

 End of Project indicator/target: CRGG priorities successfully mainstreamed into the Medium-Term Development Plans and/or Annual Development Budgets in three provinces.
 Intermediate indicator/target: National and provincial authorities have improved capacity for CRGG planning and budgeting.

• Component 2 outcome: PNG authorities are mobilizing climate finance for high-quality CRGG projects.

 End of Project indicator/target: USD 20 million mobilized for CRGG projects, with at least one project designed to deliver socio-economic co-benefits to women and girls that meet the W+ certification standard.
 Intermediate indicator/target: Pipeline of projects in three provinces identified and approved for preparation.

• Component 3 outcome: PNG has identified new financing options and vehicles for CRGG.

 End of Project indicator/target: At least one new financing vehicle operationalized that helps diversify financing options available for CRGG.
 Intermediate indicator/target: Proposals to address financing barriers to scale-up CRGG activities are developed and agreed.

Project Management

The project will be steered and guided by a Project Management Committee (PMC) consisting of Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Climate Change Development Authority (CCDA), Department of National Planning and Monitoring (DNPM), and Department of Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DPLGA), and GGGI. The PMC will be in charge of progress reviews and approvals on major milestones as well as project plans. The project will be managed by a joint project implementation team of GGGI and CCDA; GGGI is in charge of the full range of tasks on project planning, administration, execution, output deliveries, and donor reporting fully reflecting PNG’s institutional framework and requirement of Australia DFAT as well as following its established project management cycles and other organizational procedures and regulations. CCDA will provide project-related oversights and agreements on day-to-day project decisions. In addition, a Project Working Group provides technical direction and support to the project and ensures quality control of project workplans and key outputs prior to PMC’s approval.



Monitoring Evaluation, Reporting, and Improvement

The project has a robust and systematic Monitoring Evaluation, Reporting, and Improvement (MERI) plan. The latter outlines the full details of how MERI will be carried out during the project lifespan, in alignment with DFAT’s M&E Standards, GoPNG’s existing systems and processes, and GGGI’s corporate requirements. The main purpose of the MERI plan is to:
(1) to meet the transparency and accountability needs of the PMC, and
(2) to help drive learning and continuous improvement.

The plan has been developed based on a set of principles which include alignment with the management decision-making needs of the project, a results-based management approach, rooted in the theory of change, and following a participatory and inclusive process.

Results So Far

Since the Climate-Resilient Green Growth (CRGG) project started implementation in 2019, the following activities have been delivered:

• Partnerships brokered with the pilot provinces (Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland) to promote ownership, facilitate institutionalization and scale-up.

• Initial CRGG scoping reviews conducted in the pilot provinces.

• CRGG assessments completed in the pilot provinces.

•  Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) assessment completed in the pilot provinces.

• CRGG project ideas prioritization completed in the pilot provinces.

• CRGG baseline capacity assessments conducted.

2021 Activities

For 2021, the project aims to complete the following activities:

  • Hold an annual reflection workshop to present 2020 project progress and outcomes and document key lessons for forward planning.
  • Prepare a CRGG projects investment plan for each pilot province (Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland).
  • Carry out the CRGG mainstreaming activities in Enga, Milne Bay, and New Ireland Provinces.
  • Continued engagement with the shadow provinces (Chimbu, Eastern Highlands, Manus, and Morobe) to share lessons learned and good practices from the pilot provinces.
  • A GESI Action Plan for guiding the CRGG mainstreaming activities and projects formulation developed.
  • Complete the loan market assessment study and present the findings and recommendations to the Project Management Committee and the Bank of PNG.