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UNDP in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been supporting the Department of Lands and Physical Planning (DLPP) to revise the National Sustainable Land Use Policy (NSLUP) with participation of an inclusive group of key stakeholders. 

The importance of NSLUP and planning is recognized under two key action areas of the PNG’s National Strategy on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). 

It is to strengthen and coordinate the National Level Development and Land Use Planning through development of climate and REDD+ relevant development indicators within the national development framework and strengthening of development of national land use policy, planning and legislation. The other one is to integrate Subnational Planning through strengthening Ward Level (district council) and Local Level Government (LLG) planning, and strategic development planning at provincial and district levels, and the linkages between levels of planning. 

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Stakeholders at the New Guinea Islands Regional Consultation Workshop on 7-9 October in Kokopo. Photos: FCPF

The DLPP is leading the revision of the NSLUP, and currently undertaking stakeholder consultations across all regions of the country. 

More than 100 stakeholders from relevant national and provincial government agencies, incorporated landowner groups, and the private sector, came together for the New Guinea Islands Regional Consultation Workshop on 7-9 October in Kokopo, to share experiences and lessons learned, and to contribute to the revision of the NSLUP in the country. UNDP and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in PNG jointly supported this organization. 

Deputy Secretary of the DLPP, Mr. Oswald Tolopa said his department acknowledged the support of the development partners to sustain and advance economic growth, and to promote responsible stewardship of land resources and social well-being in the country. 

“Increasing awareness and potential benefits to sectoral agencies, subnational governments, and land-owner groups is crucial to the success of the policy, and requires sensitization and engagement over a period of time,” said Mr. Tolopa. 

The UNDP Chief Technical Advisor Mr. Mirzohaydar Isoev, on behalf of UNDP, appreciated the Department of Lands for its leadership to ensure sustainable and green growth development in the country. 

“UNDP as a longstanding partner of the Government is pleased to be part of the process, and to assist PNG moving toward the greener and more sustainable country. Whilst, we are also supporting other lead agencies to review the climate change and forestry policies - to align all sectoral legislations with the national and international commitments,” he said. 

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