Pundari Challenges Donors

Despite millions of dollars from donor agencies coming into PNG, there is nothing to show for on the ground.

Environment and Conservation Minister, John Pundari, has challenged donor agencies to use the monies on priority projects so people see real benefits on the ground.


Minister Pundari raised this today during the World Environment Day celebration held at the Port Moresby National High School.


Today is World Environment Day. The students, staff and public servants in Port Moresby celebrated it by marching from the Legal Training Institute to the Port Moresby National High School for the main celebration.


Nearly all Schools in NCD participate under this year’s theme: “Raise your voice, not sea level and sustain all natural infrastructure.”


At the event, Minister Pundari said donor agencies used to give millions of dollars for Climate Change activities, including the replanting of mangroves, but people in the affected communities have seen little of the monies put into real benefits.


He urged donor agencies and NGOs to work with the government in implementing Climate Change programs and the planting of mangroves, so people can actually see that monies from donors are put to good use. 


Environment and Conservation Department Secretary, Gunther Joku, said PNG is among the Small Island Nations in the Pacific that is experiencing the effects of Climate Change caused by the actions of big industrialised nations.


Similar sentiment was shared by UN Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy.


People are told to look after the ecosystem and develop it in a more sustainable way, and at the same time, raise their voice to sustain all natural resources.

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