About Us

Organisation Profile

Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) is mandated under the Climate Change (Management) Act 2015, with the responsibility to contribute towards global efforts in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, through low carbon development that fosters economic growth and social welfare for the people’s wellbeing and prosperity. Pursuant to Part II Section 10 of the Climate Change (Management) Act 2015. Climate Change and Development Authority’s purpose is to:

  • Promote the management and sustainable development of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions;
  • Implement any relevant obligations of the State under applicable rules of International Law and agreements related to climate change;
  • Act as PNG’s Designated National Authority (DNA) for the purposes of the Paris Agreement and any such other or subsequent arrangements or agreements made under the Paris Agreement, and related purposes. Under these arrangements, CCDA is the DNA for the issuance of Host Country Letter of Approval for all projects and activities related to Carbon Trading or any form of Carbon Offset Projects.
  • Establish and administer trust funds that facilitate the control and distribution of the received benefits and levies.
  • Implement the United Nations Paris Agreement (Implementation) Act 2016 pursuant to Section 7.
  • The Corporate Plan has been developed to help CCDA fulfil its mandate.


Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) has undergone one re-structure before becoming an Authority. Since its establishment in August 2010, the authority’s staff strength has increased from 20 to 53 and now has a staff ceiling of 75. CCDA was established in August 2010 and replaced the former Office of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (OCCES) which was abolished by the National Executive Council (NEC) in 2009 due to irregularities. CCDA was officially an Authority in January 2016 replacing the former Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD).

Climate Change and Development Authority is currently headed by a Acting Managing Director and four (4) General Managers for the Divisions –

  1. REDD+ and Mitigation
  2. Adaptation and Projects 
  3. Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV) and National Communication (NC)
  4. Corporate Services

Each Divisions has Nine (9) Branch Managers

  1. Finance – Mr Ivan Aipi
  2. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Media – Mrs Ethel Namuri
  3. Human Resource – Mr Elijah Nalafau
  4. Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV) – Mr Jason Paniu
  5. National Communication (NC) – Mr Erick Sarut
  6. REDD+ – Mr Terence Barambi
  7. Mitigation – Mr Danny  Nekitel
  8. Adaptation – Mr Iki Peter 
  9. Projects – Mr Jonah Auka 

Our Vision

To be the leader in promoting climate resilience, low carbon growth and sustainable development.

Our Mission

  1. To deliver climate compatible and climate smart actions for PNG.
  2. To mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through REDD+ and low carbon emission initiatives.
  3. To empower people to be more resilient and reduce vulnerability to impacts of climate change.
  4. To promote feasible and sustainable economic activities through appropriate and applicable technology in PNG.

Guiding Principles

Climate Change and Development Authority’s core values and behavioral attributes are the cornerstone of our aspirations in meeting our mission statements. The staff is an integral part of CCDA’s success in upholding these values which include high standards of leadership, integrity, transparency and accountability, and gender inclusiveness. These values and guiding principles are consistent with CCDA’s obligations under international law, the National Constitution, the national strategy (Vision 2050) and other relevant frameworks. For CCDA to demonstrate commitment to its core values, it ensures its staff is highly trained and acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies.

Our Values

Climate Change Leadership: We provide strategic direction and demonstrate effective leadership in addressing climate change and promoting sustainable development. We develop expertise, share knowledge, deliver practical outcomes when responding to climate change and, at the same time, build capacity for our stakeholders to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change, and reduce risks and vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

Transparency and Accountability: We promote openness and demonstrate responsibilities in our decisions and activities. We strive to adhere to the code of practice under the Public Service Management Act 2014 and other respective regulations and good governance practice.

Gender Equity, Social Inclusion and Fairness: We encourage and respect equal opportunities for all, embracing the GESI principles of respect, equity and diversity. CCDA aligns itself to Section 55 of the National Constitution which calls for promoting equality of citizens and, through this Corporate Plan, CCDA addresses the needs of all people, including females, children, young persons, members of underprivileged or less advanced groups or residents of less advanced areas.

Dedication: We honor and dedicate our commitment to our domestic and international obligations.

Sustainable Development Principles: CCDA adopts the inclusive green growth and responsible sustainable development principles of StaRS and the MTDP III as shown in (Figure 1). This Corporate Plan focuses on working with strategic partners and stakeholders to promote carbon neutral, climate compatible and sustainable development, and responding together to build PNG’s resilience, and reduce vulnerability of communities, including women to climate change. This Corporate Plan therefore promotes the agenda for Green Economy (STaRs) and responsible sustainable development through the MTDP III environmental protection strategies. CCDA being accountable through the Public Services Management Act 2014 and Public Finance Management Act 2016 avoids unethical practices and activities that compromise PNG’s future ability to respond to the adverse impacts of climate change. In doing so, CCDA upholds the good governance principle which states that subsidiary democracy must be upheld and revitalized in accordance with the principle of prior informed consent. CCDA  strives to ensure policies, rules and regulation are transparent, promote participatory negotiations and include consultative processes with CCDA stakeholders and all affected people.