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Vocal Papua New Guinea Environment and Climate Change Minister, John Pundari, says major contributors to greenhouse emission need to be reminded about their role in the issue of climate change.
He made the sentiments known when launching the country’s first National REDD+ strategy that will govern the initiatives set out for the country to receive financial incentives to maintain its forests.
Forest plays a vital role in the atmosphere by being carbon sinks in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The minister said the challenges of environmental degradations are now more pressing than ever as they are being exacerbated by a threat that has its origins far from the country’s shores.
“For this reason, I have worked extensively at the international level to ensure that, at the global level, agreement on climate change exists.
“That it recognises the threats being faced by our nation and that developing nations must be supported by countries that are most responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming,” he said.
Pundari made mention of PNG’s lead role in the development of the REDD+ initiative.
He said PNG was one of the first to propose developing countries that developing countries with high levels of forest cover should be recognised and supported for their efforts to maintain them.
“This idea presented to UNFCC in 2005 and over the past 12 years we have worked with partners to further extend the proposals.
“This work culminated in 2015 conference of parties when my delegation negotiated through the night to ensure financing mechanism was put in place to support developing nations enshrined in Paris Agreement, article 5,” he said.
REDD+ is an international climate change mitigation financing mechanism adopted under the United Nation framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).
It seeks to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from declines in forest cover and quality by providing financial incentives, in the form of result-based payments (RBP) to developing countries that successfully slow or reverse forest loss.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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