Assisting adaptation to a changing climate in PNG
In October ISF's Dr Brent Jacobs and Dr Kylie McKenna ran two workshops with representatives from the provincial government of Madang and Eastern Highlands in Papua New Guinea to discuss how communities in these provinces can better adapt to a changing climate.
During the workshops, a new handbook was launched which is based on a series of four community workshops focused on identifying locally important ecosystem services and considering how these services may be affected by climate change and development.
The handbook is a major output of a project between The Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM), the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the New Guinea Binatang Research Centre (BRC). They are working together to enhance the capacity of local communities and government to support biodiversity and adapt to a changing climate in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
A review team from PACAM visited two of the communities that participated in these workshops and noted the high levels of awareness in these communities on climate change and biodiversity issues. In Ohu village, the community initiated a climate change awareness session with other clan members to widen dissemination of information to a broader community and has implemented a tree planting program to stabilise the river bank.
The program is also implemented with students as part of the school’s extra-curricular activities. In Riwo, the community representatives indicated that they are pursuing discussions on proper waste disposal to limit plastics going into the ocean. These instances showed that the ISF-BRC-facilitated community workshops have increased communities’ awareness and understanding of climate change, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services and as a result local actions have been undertaken.