18th September, 2018
The PNG Government plays a crucial role to help our people prepare for disaster and adapt to climate change.
Appreciating Climate Science in the whole equation of overcoming the challenges of an uncertain future with “Enhanced Climate Information and Services” is now the way forward to strategically re-focus on improving Climate Information Services.
Those in the know like the PNG National Weather Services Director Mr. Samuel Maiha in his closing remarks during the APEC Climate Symposium said seasonal climate forecast is available in PNG through meteorological services where analysed data and information is disseminated to the public however, more now needs to be done.
“We need to build our capacity into utilising available tools/applications and to modify them to PNG specifics based on our needs. Our Educational Institutions need to introduce new specialised courses like Climatology perhaps and others within the country as these courses are not available in-country”, Mr. Maiha said.
He added that the PNG National Weather Services has to go a step further from just weather forecasting.
“In order for us to do that, we have to now re-strategies, communicate and collaborate with other APEC economies to help us develop climate science tools that meet our needs. Tools that provide information for a simple village farmer in order to increase crop yield and make money for his/her own livelihood“, Mr. Maiha said .
Professor Matainaho from the PNG Research Science and Technology said that collaboration and communication is the way forward in bridging the gap that exists between Climate Science, the decision makers (Government) and the users of the information generated in the simplest language for the ordinary citizens of this country.
Managing Director for Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) Mr. Ruel Yamuna said CCDA as the national climate change mandated entity is currently progressing its Information and Knowledge Management activities and collaborating with key agencies with similar existing work.
CCDA is also coordinating various other activities with key implementing partners on the ground to help our communities.
Speaking at the closing media conference at the APEC Climate Symposium he said CCDA’s role is drawn from the United Nations Climate Change Paris Agreement (Implementation) Act 2016 and the Climate Change (Management) Act 2015.
“We have to promote the management and sustainable development of climate change through our mitigation and adaptation actions, implement relevant obligations of the State under applicable rules of International law and agreements related to climate change, and also perform the role of National Designated Authority for Green Climate Fund (GCF) in PNG including other climate funding sources”, Mr. Yamuna said. (The PNG Government ratified the Paris Agreement in 2015 and passed the UNFCCC Paris Agreement (Implementation) Bill in 2016).
“The underlying goals of the Paris Agreement are to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre industrial temperatures while pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius”, Mr. Yamuna said.
Mr. Yamuna added that collaboration and communication amongst stakeholders to drive climate change activities in-country is key reiterating that capacity building and technology transfer amongst others are challenges that require support.