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Parkop Raised Concern on Sea Levels Rising

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Concerns were raised today on the fast sinking lower lying islands and atolls of PNG; an effect of global warming and climate change.

 

Minister responsible, Patrick Pruaitch, says a policy paper has been prepared to address this, and other climate change issues.

Funds from development partners have been parked in trust accounts to fund this program.                                                          

 

It is no secret that the outer lying islands and atolls of PNG are slowly sinking as global warming takes its toll.

 

This concern was taken up by the NCD Governor Powes Parkop in parliament today, asking the Minister for Forestry and Climate Change, Patrick Pruaitch, of his plans on how he will deal with this issue, and how people on these atolls and islands can be relocated among others.

 

Parkop also asked the minister to consider working with mining companies to direct their waste to those sinking islands and atolls and reclaim land that’s fast sinking.

 

Mr Pruaitch said his department is drafting a policy paper that will treat this matter central and will be present it to the cabinet for approval, later in the year.

 

He said the government already has arrangements with development partners, like the Asian Development Bank, and a trust fund has been created to address this issue.

 

He said while other countries are using technical and engineering solutions to address this issue, it can’t work in PNG because of funding problems.

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