Background – WCS is a large international organisation with a wealth of scientific and conservation experience in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation globally and in Asia-Pacific specifically. Combining climate change technical staff at the global, regional, country and site level, WCS is able to align local and national conservation priorities with emerging global agendas such as climate change and REDD+.
The goals of the WCS programme in PNG are to promote the sustainable use of terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems and to identify and implement measures to address the effects of climate change.
WCS overall goal of climate change adaptation work is to ensure the ecological, economic and social systems that support vulnerable communities in PNG are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
WCS has worked in three provinces to improve the capacity of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. These areas were New Ireland, Manus and Souwi Valley in Gulf Province. Key component of this project was the production of a range of education and awareness materials ranging from posters, leaflets, school curricula and documentary films on climate change. In addition two Climate Change Education Resource Centres were established in New Ireland and Manus province respectively.
Addressing food security and sea level rise threats as a result of climate change effects on coastal communities. WCS is working to increase overall food security within our project sites. During droughts or other extreme weather events (that are increasingly likely due to changing weather patterns from climate change) staple crops often fail, and communities turn to wildlife as their only source of nutrition or access to cash to purchase food. Working in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), WCS is helping communities to diversity the range of food crops and grow more drought and disease tolerant species; thereby increasing food security and relieving the fishing and hunting pressure on wildlife species.
The DFAT grant in Manus is to build the resilience of communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change through maintaining and protecting Manus Province’s globally important forests and seas and the wildlife within them, and to strengthen the capacity of communities and decision makers to understand and undertake climate change adaptation activities and mitigation measures.
Enhance the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to make informed decisions about and adapt to climate change-driven hazards affecting both coastal and riverine villages to build community resilience towards occurrences of coastal and inland flooding events in the North Coast and Islands regions of PNG. To improve dissemination and uptake of information about climate change among provincial and local authorities, and within local communities in East Sepik, Madang, New Ireland and Northern Provinces through a variety of media aimed at wide range of target audiences. Increase access to information and understanding of climate change impacts and practical adaptation measures that can be implemented at local (community) and provincial scales.
DFAT, UNDP, NARI, CCDA