Climate change generates extreme weather events which pose significant risks to the population, the environment, and the economy. Climate change is therefore a critical challenge with serious implications for the development of the country and its environment.
The existing aging Alotau provincial wharf in Papua New Guinea is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, especially sea level rise and storm surges affecting the soil quality and thus agriculture and flora, as well as underground water. The provincial government confirms that the wharf is in urgent need of rehabilitation and climate proofing, which will directly benefit the poorest communities in the province.
In March 2016, the Government of Papua New Guinea has obtained a USD24.25 Million Grant from the Asian Development Bank for the project “Building Resilience to Climate Change in PNG”, which is being implemented by NTU since 2018 and until 2021. The project’s outcome will result in increased resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate variability. Thus, the goal is to improve the capacity of vulnerable islands, government agencies and civil society to plan and respond to the impacts of climate change.