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A three day in-house CEPA Data Portal training is currently underway in CEPA’s office in Port Moresby from 26th-28th of October. The participants were briefed about the importance of data storage and usage. An analysis was done by the Inform Project Team indicates that a total 29,414 users have accessed the CEPA Environment Data Portal since its inception, between 2018 and 2020. Out of 41,190 sessions, 29,907 users are new users, with 18,173 users (61%) from PNG alone.

The Government of Papua New Guinea (GOPNG) ratified the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on the 6th December, 2000, and it became effective on the 6th March, 2001. With it was the commitment to implement this agreement in the country and report on its programmes and activities to the Secretariat regularly. The call for the development and implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) is considered a priority for the GOPNG to meet its international obligations under the UNCCD.

This manual provides a standard guide line for the estimation of floods in PNG. It is intended for general use in the planning and design of small and medium sized engineering works through out Papua new Guinea. The prupose of the manual and its use is to guide or help help engineers or resource planners in the planning and designing of brodges, culverts, drainage works, small dams and flood mitigation works. It is available for sale and is sold at the price of K200 per copy. If you or your organisation is interested to purchase a copy, please contct Mr.

The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) staff undergo a three day environment data portal training in Port Moresby from 26-28 October, 2020. The portal was established by CEPA with funding received from the United Nation Environmental Program (UNEP) through the Secratariat of Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). The purpose of the training was to upskill the staff on the importance of data sharing, storage, and polulating for transparency and planning purposes .

Waste on the beach in Papua New Guinea. Photo Credit: Anthony Talouli/SPREP

The Papua New Guinea Government plans to stop the single use of biodegradable plastic shopping bags by 2019, following the ban’s announcement this April.

Hon. John Pundari, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, announced the ban, which follows unsatisfactory adherence to a similar one on non-biodegradable plastic bags in 2014.

Officers of the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority of PNG are this week receiving focused capacity training on the use of the national environmental data portal, an on-line tool to address the on-going challenge of compiling high-quality, and up to date data on the environment including a place to store data. The development of a national data portal will improve access for national datasets and indicators for environment information.

The CEPA-JICA Biodiversity Project and Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), in collaboration with Exxon Mobil PNG LNG Ltd and PNG Mama Graun Trust Fund, successfully hosted the biodiversity and Conservation seminar at Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby, from 16th-20th October. The theme of the seminar was “Conservation and development challenges.

^Varirata National Park is PNGs first protected area, declared in 1969 (©Biatus Bito).

Customary landowners, custodians of 97% of land in PNG, recognise many areas of land and sea as “tambu” – areas of special spiritual significance. Customary landownership is therefore integral to PNGs 2.1 million hectares in its 59 protected areas. Protected areas sustain livelihoods, help maintain culture, provide tourism opportunities, store carbon, and protect biodiversity.

Reporting to national development targets and to regional and global environment conventions rely on the availability of good data and information on the current state of the environment. Data is essential for these processes and an open data platform will help decision-makers access the information they want to develop effective policy planning and development processes.

Second Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting for J-PRISM II was successfully held at Laguna Hotel, Port Moresby, PNG on 16th April 2019.

J-PRISM II is a region-wide project in Pacific Islands targeting “Human and institutional capacity base for sustainable Solid Waste Management (SWM) in the Pacific region is strengthened through implementation of Cleaner Pacific 2025.”

CEPA launched two environment products at an event held on Friday 26th April, 2019, at the Lamana Hotel and attended by CEPA staff, 7 government agencies and media organisations.

The event was organised by CEPA in collaboration with the regional Inform Project, which is funded by GEF, implemented by UN Environment and executed by SPREP.
The two products – the national data portal and the CEPA data sharing policy – culminates a successful partnership with CEPA, UNDP and SPREP.