SPC/GIZ Regional REDD+ Project.
Forest Conservation in the Pacific Island Countries.

PNG National Inventory Project successfully implemented

We were very proud to attend the Final Workshop of the National Inventory Project this morning.  Congratulations to the Government of PNG through the PNG Forest Authority, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other collaborators like New Guinea Binatang Research Centre, PNG Unitech and UPNG on the successful implementation of this multipurpose programme, funded by the European Union in Papua New Guinea that has spanned 5 years.

The timeliness of this gathering was perfect in light of the many critical issues in the global arena … the devastating Amazonian fires, the recent outcomes of the G7 Meeting, the upcoming #UN Climate Action Summit, to name only a few.

“The Papua New Guinea forest is an international public good” stated UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla and we are indeed privileged to host the world’s third-largest tropical rainforest.  #PapuaNewGuinea has a strong position on climate change and has placed significant emphasis on sustainable forestry and biodiversity management.

The outcome of this innovative project has provided detailed information on PNG’s forest resources.  Through the programme’s partnerships, including UN-REDD Programme (FAO/UNDP/UNEP), we have been able to take stock of this incredible biodiversity which is not only important to Papua New Guinea but is of critical importance to the world.

Presenting the findings and outcomes of the National Forestry Inventory Project, Dr. Ruth Turia stated, that the NFI findings are now actively being used in national planning and international reporting on climate change and forestry.  PNG is now equipped with detailed information about annual forest and land use change and green house gas emission caused by deforestation and forest degradation.  Dr Turia also emphasized that of the 78% forest cover, three-quarters of the natural forest in PNG is undisturbed.  She stressed the importance of maintaining the pristine forest cover mainly for the 85% of PNG’s rural population, as well as fauna, that are dependent on the forests.

Cory Wright/UN-REDD Programme

Source: United Nations in Papua New Guinea Facebook Page