The battle against rising sea levels is one we will eventually lose.
The Morobe provincial government is one of several other provinces that have announced their climate change programs to assist people in impacted coastal communities.
This comes after signs revealing that impacted provinces may start to see climate refugees within the next few years.
The story of climate change is similar in almost every coastal community in Papua New Guinea.
While much of the focus has been on smaller islands, communities inhabiting the shorelines are also beginning to face the same problem.
Like any other province, Morobe Province is made up of many smaller islands and its’ coastlines have already begun to feel the impact of climate change.
The Morobe provincial government is already planning its moves to cater to its first lot of climate refugees who are expected to emerge within the next few years.
Climate change refugees are already a reality for small island communities, such as the Carteret’s Island in the Autonomous region of Bougainville, various parts of Manus and Madang provinces.
While relocating people may be the only useable alternative, responsible authorities are also taking into consideration the land issues where landowners may be reluctant to give up their land to use.
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