The Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) of Papua New Guinea (PNG), with assistance from the UN-REDD Programme, launched the Satellite Land Monitoring System (SLMS) Laboratory in a ceremony on 12 May 2015. Under the United Nations Forum Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), REDD+ countries are requested to implement a transparent national forest monitoring system (NFMS) for the collection, analysis and dissemination of forest-related data at regular intervals to allow the monitoring of changes over time. The SLMS Laboratory will house two important elements of PNG’s NFMS.

 

TerraPNG

TerraPNG is based on Brazil’s SLMS, TerraAmazon. TerraPNG will focus on mapping and assessment of nationwide land use and land use change in PNG. TerraPNG will provide activity data, which when combined with emission factors can provide greenhouse gas emissions from the land use, land use change and forestry sector. This information is required for PNG’s reporting to the UNFCCC through biennial update reports, both fulfilling its obligation as a UNFCCC signatory, and facilitating PNG’s participation in the REDD+ mechanism. TerraPNG is a pillar of the NFMS for the collection and analysis of spatial information on PNG’s forests.

 

REDD+ NFMS web portal for Information Dissemination

The PNG REDD+ NFMS web portal will serve as a portal for all spatial and non-spatial information related to REDD+ where it can be viewed by all interested parties within PNG and internationally. It will facilitate the dissemination of forest-related data at regular intervals and ensure transparency in PNG’s NFMS.

In his opening remarks, OCCD Executive Director Mr Varigini Badira stated, “The SLMS is a practical way forward in operationalizing the National Climate Compatible Management Policy. The system will assist the government of Papua New Guinea to make better and informed decisions, to assist the people of Papua New Guinea in becoming more aware on both the threats of climate change and how we can contribute in reducing our emissions meaningfully on the domestic front as well as the international arena.”

Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Hon. John Pundari in his keynote speech noted that the setting up of the SLMS Laboratory is an indication of the seriousness of the commitment by Papua New Guinea in addressing climate change at the national, regional and at the global levels. The minister acknowledged the funding support from the UN-REDD National Programme and urged continued support in addressing issues of climate change in PNG.

FAO Deputy Regional Representative for Asia Pacific Region Mr Vili Fuavo in his official speech congratulated and commended the OCCD, the Papua New Guinea Forestry Authority and other relevant government authorities for their kind support and collaboration in implementing activities under the UN-REDD National Programme in PNG, and especially, for their efforts in setting up the SLMS Laboratory which he noted is an important achievement for the country and the region.  

 

PNG1Ribbon cutting of SLMS Laboratory by FAO Deputy Regional Representative, Mr Vili Fuavao (left) and Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change in PNG, Hon. John Pundari (right) as OCCD Executive Director Mr Varigini Badira (back) looks on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PNG2FAO National Consultant Mr Paul Hasagama demonstrating TerraPNG to dignitaries and media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Demonstration of PNG’s NFMS web portal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PNG4Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change Hon. John Pundari giving his official speech.