To establish climate projection systems that can inform and guide appropriate actions to prevent or minimise the damage caused by climate change thereby ensuring development is climate proofed, or take advantage of opportunities that may arise. To identify gaps in existing policies, guide policy formulation process and present policy options in various sectors that are required to protect PNG from the adverse impacts of climate change.
Adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change is vital in order to reduce the impacts of climate change that are happening now and increase resilience to future impacts. The cost (both monetary and casualties) of climate-related hazards will continue to increase annually unless we initiate cost effective adaptation measures to reduce the intensity, frequency, magnitude or severity of a risk.
1)Coastal Flooding and Sea-level Rise
4)Cities and Climate Change
5)Climate Induced Migration
6)Damage to Coral Reefs
7)Malaria and Vector Bourne Diseases
8)Water and Sanitation
In total, we envisage nine climate-related risks within which we need to plan, prioritize and implement.
Climate change has no boundaries and cuts across all sectors, hence must be mainstreamed and implemented through the policies of other sectors, in particular, agriculture, transport, water resources, land-use and environment. Also, it aligns with the national goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development. It is in this context that all stakeholders including government, private sector, development partners, non-government organizations and the civil society in general must work together to address this emerging issue of Climate Change.