Physical Planning Retreat (REDD+)

The Government of Papua New Guinea as part of its obligation before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Paris Climate Change Agreement has been developing a National Strategy of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, including Sustainable Forest Management and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks (REDD+) for the period of 2017 -2022.

The global mechanism on REDD+ promoted by PNG and included within the Paris Climate Agreement provides PNG with the opportunity to the global fight against climate change is internationally recognized and supported. The National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) marks a major step in this process and a further landmark on PNG’s actions on climate change. It also lays out PNG’s approach for achieving actions towards REDD+ over the coming decades and presents an approach that is cross sectoral that brings all stakeholders to create a transformational change in a way that we manage and protect our forest resources as part of a great approach to green climate compatible development.

PNG’s National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) has been developed over the past two years and provides the framework for REDD+ implementation in PNG. Work is now required to identify and elaborate specific plans of action within different sectors identified in the NRS and to present costed plans for how these will be achieved. These plans will be consolidated in PNG’s REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP). This will provide a single document to coordinate government finance, and attract development partners and private sector technical and financial support.

Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), with support from the United Development Programme/Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (UNDP/FCPF) and in partnership with other line agencies as outlined in the NRS, are working on the development of the RFIP, the implementation of which will be partially financed through a proposal to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Department of Lands and Physical Planning’s involvement with CCDA
DLPP’s is one of the major stakeholders in the fight against climate change due to the fact that climate change is triggered by excessive land usage. Therefore, land use planning is the foundation is addressing climate change. Work was initiated on this process through the REDD+ Planning Retreat held in Kokopo in June 2017 where key institutions including Department of Lands and Physical Planning (DLPP) representatives attended. One of the outcomes from this retreat was the need for specific sector based working retreats to fully elaborate the work needed within the proposed NRS action areas. This will need to focus on both what actions should be initiated immediately through finance from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) 2, and those that should be included in PNG’s RFIP and the (Green Climate Fund) GCF REDD+ funding proposal.


Accordingly FCPF in collaboration with DLPP through its Physical Planning Division is organizing a Land Sector Planning Retreat in Madang Province which brought together key DLPP staff with representatives from relevant government agencies to discuss how best to support the National Land Use Policy and the National Land Use Plan in close consultation with key sectors such forestry, agriculture, environment and conservation and national planning and monitoring to ensure economic development and climate change outcomes are achieved.

This Retreat was fully funded by UNDP/FCPF. Participants were also provided with travelling allowances upon arrival and accommodated in Jais Aben Resort. 

Objective:

  • To develop a clear list of actions to 1) be supported through FCPF 2, 2) included in the REDD+ Finance and Investment Plan (RFIP), and 3) proposed for funding by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Retreat Recommendations

  • Reviewing and drafting of the National Sustainable Land Use Policy and finally approved by the National Executive Council.
  • Development of the National Land Use Plan for Papua New Guinea
  • Integration of National Level Planning into spatial planning
  • Reviewing of the Physical Planning Act
  • Revive and maintain the LaGIS System
  • Capacity Building

Way Forward

    • Reviewing of the Discussion Paper and the drafting of the National Sustainable Land Use Policy – UNDP/FCPF 2 will fund this Activity; Few Action Areas identified includes;
    • Follow up with NEC Secretariat for the Decision of the NSLUP Submission done in 2015.
    • Acting Chief Physical Planner to present the Recommendations of the Madang Retreat to EMC and Minister.
    • Establish NSLUP Secretariat within OCPP, DLPP Core Team and TWG
    • Review of the Discussion Paper by DLPP Core Team
    • Recruitment of Consultant to draft the Policy
    • Distribution of finalized draft Policy Document to stakeholders
    • Stakeholder consultations and Awareness conducted in Regions throughout PNG.
    • Conduct one validation workshop
    • Policy Submission prepared and delivered to NEC by the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning.
    • Endorsed NSLUP Policy from NEC received by DLPP
    • Develop the National Land Use Plan
    • Integrate economic planning into spatial planning