Conference Proceeding
A Way Forward – Needs, Challenges and Opportunities for Papua New Guinea on Climate Change, Land Use and  Forest Resource Management and Payment for  Environmental Services - Workshop Report
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A Way Forward – Needs, Challenges and Opportunities for Papua New Guinea on Climate Change, Land Use and Forest Resource Management and Payment for Environmental Services - Workshop Report

Author: 
Paul Barker
Kilyali K Kalit
2013-11

The two day workshop, held in February 2013 in the scenic setting of the Kokoda Trial
Motel, by the Laloki river on the Sogeri Plateau, was the most recent in a succession of
workshops hosted by the Institute of National Affairs (INA) on the critical global theme,
but particularly for PNG, of climate change, forest and resource management and carbon
storage, through REDD+ or other payment mechanisms for environmental services (PES).
The issue poses major challenges for the country and particularly (and immediately) for
some communities, albeit that, apart from deforestation, PNG has not been a major
industrial or household contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. As with most challenges,
climate change provides potential opportunities, including for PNG and its landowners,
from provision of lower emission energy, but also from mechanisms whereby carbon is
sequestered, and continues to be sequestered, in carbon sinks, notably forests, with
potential contributions for these services, if managed transparently and effectively.

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