Region

Papua New Guinea

  • How covid-19 has undermined climate change initiatives in the Pacific

    September 17, 2020

    “Climate change may be slower but its momentum is enormous.” – Stuart Chape, Acting Director-General, South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Does anyone remember Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish environmentalist who caused a worldwide climate change stir – particularly among the neoliberal believers – but was voted Time magazine Person of the Year 2019 for […]

  • OK Tedi reopens

    September 14, 2020

    OK Tedi Mining Limited resumes its gold-copper mining operations today after a six-week closure due to the Covid-19 transmission in its area of operation in Western, a spokesperson says. The company estimates a loss in revenue of K411 million (US$120million) over the six weeks. It also incurred US$10 million (K34.29 million) per week in operating […]

  • Sir Julius suggests exporting gold to raise PNG revenue

    September 8, 2020

    Former Papua New Guinea prime minister and senior statesman, Sir Julius Chan, is suggesting an economic recovery strategy to be implemented by the State immediately to combat the impacts of Covid-19. As far as he is concerned, the 81-year-old says there is no analysis from the national government on the economic impacts of Covid-19. He […]

  • Atoll islanders told to invest beche-de-mer money wisely

    August 26, 2020

    Bougainville have been told to use and invest the money they will get from selling beche-de-mer wisely. More particularly, the people of the Bougainville Atolls who use the sea as their “gold mine” by harvesting and selling marine resources. The beche-de-mer season is now open and a lot of people have already applied for licences. […]

  • PNG rejects observer suspension on fishing vessels

    June 3, 2020

    The Papua New Guinea Fishing Industry Association (PNGFIA) has rejected the recent suspension by the Western and Central Pacific Fishing Commission (WCPFC) of observer coverage services on board purse seine fishing vessels. WCPFC, based in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, is a tuna conservation body whose membership include most countries with fishing interests in the […]

  • The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT

    February 23, 2020

    When Joshua Wowo was a child, his uncle would take him on rambling walks through the lush forest surrounding their home in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. On these explorations, Wowo would be introduced not only to the beauty of his country, but also to the health risks facing its people. Joshua’s uncle […]

  • Pacific island nations at COP25 in Madrid. Photo by Allan Jay Quesada

    Pacific island nations at the climate talks: Leave no one behind

    December 12, 2019

    Describing climate change as one of the greatest threats to their survival, leaders of the sinking countries in the Pacific region urged the international community at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to urgently act and avert climate crisis. “ We are clearly on the frontline of climate change. They are realities for countries in […]

  • Specific climate insurance product for PNG, Pacific

    October 31, 2019

    The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP), together with the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) are gauging views to set up an insurance product that will allow Pacific Islanders to recover quicker financially after a natural disaster. A workshop organised early this month under these two programmes to gauge interest in setting up this insurance product […]

  • Climate change forcing Pacific Islanders from homes

    October 25, 2019

    When Cardinal John Ribat of Papua New Guinea was young, he and his neighbors noticed that their well water tasted of salt. Crops also failed as the soil became salty. Papua New Guinea consists of a large island in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by smaller islands and atolls. Residents of the island where his family […]

  • ‘We need support’: Pacific Islands seek help and unity to fight climate change

    October 7, 2019

    In recent weeks, children marched, nations made promises and teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded world leaders for “failing us.” But while one of the groups most vulnerable to climate change, the Pacific Islands, may have received fewer headlines, it was among those making the strongest calls for action. Pacific Island government officials in New […]