by Vasinatta Yama – EM TV, Port Moresby
A multi-purpose National Forest Inventory project is set to commence later this year by PNG Forest Authority.
The project is set to preserve, conserve, and sustain PNG forests for the long run, and also to know how much carbon it contains.
A workshop was held today in Port Moresby by the Forest Authority, to receive technical support from International partners, government, and stakeholders to implement a multi-purpose National Forest Inventory (NFI) project.
The project is objected to contribute to the implementation of PNG’s policies and measures for climate change mitigation.
Its main purpose is to implement NFI continuously, to support PNGFA as part of the National Forest Monitoring System that will fulfil its partner’s request.
PNG is the home to the third largest tropical rainforest in the world. Currently it is well conserved. A recent study by PNGFA, JICA, and UN-REDD showed that 80% of PNG is covered with forest.
60% of it is undisturbed. However, it is coming under increasing pressure of extraction through logging, and also clearing for mining and agriculture.
Despite this, its mysteries remain scientifically unknown.
Forest Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa, blames the Forest Authority for lacking in monitoring forest in the country.
PNG has taken a global lead to combat climate change by getting to understand carbon reduction opportunity offered, when preserving and sustainably managing tropical forest.
The total funding of the project is 7.8 million Euros.
Once it has started, Foresters will be sent to the jungle to research more on biodiversity and measures to conserve Papua New Guinea’s forests.