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Climate Change and Development Authority: Building community resilience in PNG

Building community resilience is now an important task in terms of the ever so common talks of ‘climate change’ effects. The aim of resilience is to enable communities to adapt to the changes in their environment, to utilise the available resources in a sustainable manner, and have the ability to respond to or withstand and recover from hostile effects of climate change.

Described as a cross-cutting issue by Papua New Guinea’s Acting Managing Director of Climate Change and Development Authority, Ruel Yamuna, stated that for communities to be resilient to climate change, a well-established link between the communities and respective stakeholders are needed.

Today, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) signed an MoU with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, to carrying out the project – Building Resilience to Climate Change (BRCC) in Papua New Guinea.

CCDA-Acting Managing Director, Ruel Yamuna and ABG’s Department of Community and District Affairs Secretary, Wesley Kenneth signing the MoU.

Speaking at the event, the project’s Senior Adaptation Policy Analyst, Emmajil Boghari-Ahai, stated that the MoU was a guide as to how the relationship between the stakeholders would work for the implementation stage to be carried out.

The signing today saw the Autonomous Region of Bougainville become the fourth province so far in the country to sign the MoU for work to begin with the BRCC program, taking after Morobe, Milne Bay and Manus Province.

The project aims to achieve a transformation change in addressing the current and future threats from climate change and related disasters.

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