Climate Risk, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in the Madang Province Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is prone to natural disasters induced by climate change, climate variability, and sea-level rise, including tsunamis, cyclones, inland and coastal flooding, landslides, and droughts. UNDP is supporting a four year project, implemented by the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), titled “Enhancing Adaptive Capacity of Communities to Climate Change-related Floods in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea,” financed by the Adaptation Fund. The project seeks to build community resilience to coastal and inland flooding through improved awareness, risk management, and institutional capacity to implement appropriate adaptation measures. Within this context, Antea Group, Hydroc & World Vision have conducted a climate risk, vulnerability and risk assessment in five provinces in Papua New Guinea (East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Northern, and New Ireland). The objective of the study was to identify climate risks, exposure, and vulnerability to principal climate hazards affecting five pilot provinces (East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Northern, and New Ireland) and to prepare a Composite Risk Atlas and Maps/Indexes for the hazards at the district level.

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