New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, May 27 – GGGI delivered its second provincial capacity strengthening workshop on mainstreaming Climate Resilience and Green Growth (CRGG) in PNG for two days on May 26-27. The workshop was conducted in Kavieng for the New Ireland province under the leadership and guidance of the New Ireland Provincial Administration and Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA). The workshop brought together planning officials and representatives from the key priority sectors (Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Sanitation) as identified by GGGI’s CRGG Assessment for New Ireland province conducted in 2020 in consultation with the provincial stakeholders.
The workshop is delivered under the Climate-Resilient Green Growth project and is funded by the Australian Government.
The workshop was delivered semi virtually due to Covid-19 challenges and aimed at strengthening and enhancing CRGG planning capabilities at the provincial level through a bottom-up approach by mainstreaming CRGG and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) into the provincial plans and budgets.
Opening the workshop, Mr. Moses Taram, the Chief Executive Officer for the New Ireland Provincial Administration stated that today marks another milestone event of the CRGG project in the province and New Ireland is privileged and honored to be the second province in PNG to organize the capacity strengthening workshop to support the province in CRGG mainstreaming into provincial plans and budgets.
Mr. Jonah Auka, Project Manager for Adaptation at CCDA said that Climate Change is a cross-cutting issue. Many Governments around the world today and even in the region today would like to ensure that climate change is integrated into work programs, budgets, plans, etc. Climate change is affecting a lot of development sectors. However, many sectors do not have the capacity to combat climate change within their institutions because the knowledge of climate change is limited, and the tools are not available to make informed decisions. Therefore, this workshop is an opportunity for important players in the province to enhance their understanding of climate change science and equip them with the appropriate tools to address the risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities within their development sectors.
Mr. Nige Kaupa, Senior Program Manager for Infrastructure and Climate Change of Australia High Commission mentioned the importance of the workshop in building resilience in New Ireland Province and thanked all stakeholders for their participation despite COVID-19 challenges.
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, GGGI Country Representative for PNG in her opening remarks emphasized the importance of the event for GGGI in supporting the New Ireland province to improve the knowledge and skills needed to implement climate resilience and green growth interventions in the province at a greater capacity. She thanked the New Ireland Provincial Administration for their leadership and the Australian Government for the financial support for GGGI’s Climate-Resilient Green Growth program in PNG.
The two-day workshop was a combination of theory and practice on CRGG and GESI mainstreaming approaches. GGGI also shared the key findings of the CRGG Assessment and enabled participants to discuss and draft key entry points for CRGG and GESI mainstreaming for the province. It is expected that the draft mainstreaming entry points will guide the mainstreaming process in each sector. The outlines of the mainstreaming entry points will be further iterated through a series of consultations with the key sectors in the coming months.
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Local GGGI communications contact
Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, Country Representative, Papua New Guinea