Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has received a USD24.25 Million grant with the goal of implementing the BRCC project – “Building Resilience to Climate Change in PNG” (2018-2021) to achieve transformational change in addressing the current and future threats from climate change and related hazards.
The project is intended to improve the accessibility of the provincial town of Alotau for the low-income population residing in remote outer islands. Reliable maritime infrastructure is an essential pre-requisite for trade, economic development, health services and poverty reduction in the outer islands.
The Ports Enabling Framework Consultants (PEFC) package supports the PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) with the development of an enabling framework to reinforce climate change interventions. In the long run, the project will increase the capacity to manage climate change risks through establishment of early warning systems, access to finance by communities, and the development of database and knowledge management systems.
Maritime facilities and associated infrastructures need to be made resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change. Recognising this, NTU has developed climate change projections to guide the development of policies and hard engineering standards for climate proofing of maritime infrastructure.
Further structural considerations for climate proofing of port facilities and associated maritime infrastructure include i) raising the height of the causeway road, ii) improving the structural strength of drainage systems since uncertainty in projected rainfall makes replacement of drainage financially unviable, iiii) incorporating sea level rise projections into future port infrastructure designs to ensure infrastructure is built higher than expected rises during the design life, and iv) reinforcing rock walls built to withstand stronger, higher wave surges.