THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is a Pacific island country that lies on the Eastern half of New Guinea and over different archipelagoes of Melanesia. Its only land border is with Indonesia, with which it shares the island of New Guinea. 


It is home to a multitude of cultures and has been ruled by 3 different colonial powers (Germany, the UK and Australia) before gaining independence in 1975. In a country similar in size to Morocco or Sweden, more than 850 languages are spoken! 


There are still a number of uncontacted people in the interior, and much is still to be learned from the thick primary forest still dominant on the island. The combination of highlands, wetlands and dense tropical jungle renders almost impossible the installation of transport infrastructure. 


About half of the population lives self-sufficiently, with no access to the globalised economy. A border dispute with Indonesia (which shares the island with West Papua) and the subsequent repression that has happened against West Papuans have created tensions between the different ethnicities that call the island home.


The presence of rare materials has led mining to become one of the drivers of Papua’s growth, but also the root of bloody and bitter conflicts among locals and foreign interests. Not all fighting in PNG is nasty, though. The Moka exchange system, found in the Mount Hagen region deep in Papua, is a competition in which local men compete by giving bigger gifts to each other than they receive.


The gift-giving network can extend to hundreds of participants, each of whom is defeated when they fail to return a bigger gift than they have received. In a famous 1970s case, a man named Ongka was triumphant. His final gift consisted of 600 pigs, 2 trucks, 10,000 Australian dollars, 12 cassowaries, 8 cows and a motorbike. Upon his great victory, Ongka had this to say: "Now that I have given you these things, I have won. I have knocked you down by giving so much." Well played, Ongka.

TOTAL POPULATION

7.8 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

6,300 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

14,272,100 kt East Asia and Pacific, YEAR 2014

“A shift to 100% renewable energy by 2030, conditional on international support.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | ALL PROJECTS

swipe to see more

john gaffey donated € 12 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Adi Lazos donated € 22 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Juliana Medaglia donated € 20 to Fighting the Silent Disappearance of the Great Brazilian Savannah. FREDERIC ACHARD donated € 50 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Thalita Medaglia donated € 15 to Fighting the Silent Disappearance of the Great Brazilian Savannah. Katie Hereing donated € 25 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Angelica Seminara donated € 10 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Nevena Vlaykova donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Melanie Bitto donated € 40 to Application of satellite telemetry data to better understand the breeding strategies of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere. Cristiano Rocco Marra donated € 30 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Ro Leaver donated € 30 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Phili Denning donated € 25 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Isabel gregory donated € 20 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Akshay Pai donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Emma Burnett donated € 50 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Boyan Mihaylov donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. François Leclerc donated € 40 to Application of satellite telemetry data to better understand the breeding strategies of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere. Yordan Yordanov donated € 25 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Clara Hermansson donated € 40 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Peter Thompson donated € 10 to Environmental Protection through Greenery and Awareness Interventions in Kabul and Wardak. Vihra Dincheva donated € 30 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Kris Bertens donated € 50 to Educating Montenegro's New Generation to Break Free from Litter and Plastic. Anna Lupanova donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Simona Dakova donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Neicho Rahnev donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Pavel Boev donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Francesco Zanetto donated € 60 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Hind Alsalloom donated € 50 to Iraqi Youth Climate Change Movement. Francesca Cardani donated € 10 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Michele Frison donated € 5 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Fabio Sai donated € 5 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Paola Tresca donated € 27 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Andrea Mongiello donated € 5 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Yordan Yordanov donated € 25 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Matteo Masi donated € 15 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Massimo Sacco donated € 10 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Ananda Nidhi donated € 20 to Toranam: Strengthening Agroforestry in Andhra Pradesh. andrea borsetto donated € 15 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. ALESSIO GIANNONI donated € 25 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Yordan Yordanov donated € 25 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas. Laura Zorzetto donated € 15 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Rossana Mattachini donated € 20 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Elsa De Grandi donated € 5 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Noah Silver donated € 15 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem. Noah Silver donated € 15 to Expanding Sesi’s Bottle Refill Scheme to Make Zero Plastic Waste Shopping Mainstream in the UK. Noah Silver donated € 15 to Agro Eco Village Project in Ri-Bhoi District. Noah Silver donated € 15 to Building an Efficient Technology for Women's Economic Empowerment. Noah Silver donated € 15 to Strengthening Malian Forest Management to Protect Biodiversity and Alleviate Poverty. Noah Silver donated € 30 to Toxic Chemicals and Waste Sensitization for Vulnerable Communities. Stefania Butera donated € 25 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

PlanA Newsletter

THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET

CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

As part of the Pacific ring of fire, all regions of Papua experience frequent earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Papua New Guinea is a megadiverse country, with an outstanding amount of fauna and flora, most endemic to this region alone. PNG’s rich soils and renewable resources have created a conflict of interest in a country desperately in need of economic and infrastructural investments and steward to one of the most, if not the most, pristine tropical environments on the planet. 

A significant portion of PNG has yet to be connected to the global system. Its capital city, Port Moresby, is not linked by road to any other major population centres. PNG’s main challenge since independence has been to unite all these remote locations and different cultures into one coherent state that caters to all.

The mining and gas industries have grown by 15% in 2015 alone, and are still experiencing strong growth. The proximity to Australia and the largely unexplored lands offshore and inland have whetted the appetites of extractive giants such as Total and Exxon, who have been the first ones to secure leases. 

PNG is in a unique position to invent a new type of development that is not dependent on extractive resources but rather on humans and nature. The unique terrain and geological make-up of New Guinea and associated islands give this region its inestimable character. With already dozens of languages lost to uniformisation, violence and politico-economical games, it could also lose a lot of what makes its wealth in a short amount of time. Nature, culture, and humans are what matters here, like everywhere else.


THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET

DATA INSIGHTS

The Worl Bank classifies Papua New Guinea as a lower middle-income country. To understand Papua New Guinea’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Papua New Guinea’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Papua New Guinea Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Papua New Guinea’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Papua New Guinea saw its emissions fall by 72% due to economic downturns, which led to a decline in various economic activities . After moderate increases in its emissions between 2000 and 2009, Papua New Guinea’s emissions stayed relatively stable between 2009 and 2012. Overall, Papua New Guinea’s GHG emissions decreased by 62% between 1990 and 2012. 


The land-use change and forestry (LUCF) sector is responsible for the largest share (78%) of Papua New Guinea’s emissions, followed by the energy sector (10%). LUCF emissions are mainly driven by logging and clearing of forests into agricultural use. Within the energy sector, the majority of emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuel (petroleum products). To reduce emissions, Papua New Guinea requires further efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and shifting a fossil-fuel dominated system towards renewable energy solutions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World bank, 2018)


TAKE ACTION

Papua New Guinea Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Papua New Guinea’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

graph

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the dotted line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the full line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Papua New Guinea saw its emissions fall by 72% due to economic downturns, which led to a decline in various economic activities . After moderate increases in its emissions between 2000 and 2009, Papua New Guinea’s emissions stayed relatively stable between 2009 and 2012. Overall, Papua New Guinea’s GHG emissions decreased by 62% between 1990 and 2012. 


The land-use change and forestry (LUCF) sector is responsible for the largest share (78%) of Papua New Guinea’s emissions, followed by the energy sector (10%). LUCF emissions are mainly driven by logging and clearing of forests into agricultural use. Within the energy sector, the majority of emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuel (petroleum products). To reduce emissions, Papua New Guinea requires further efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and shifting a fossil-fuel dominated system towards renewable energy solutions. (Source: WRI, 2018; World bank, 2018)


Papua New Guinea Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Papua New Guinea’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Papua New Guinea is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change and a low level of adaptation. Rice and wheat production are forecasted to decline significantly under projected climate change. Decrease in precipitation due to climate change is expected to lead to longer drought periods thereby paralysing the agriculture capacity and food security of the country. This island nation is also threatened by sea-level rise and hurricanes due to reduced natural defences damaged by deforestation and coral bleaching. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


TAKE ACTION

Papua New Guinea Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Papua New Guinea’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

graph

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right. 


Papua New Guinea is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change and a low level of adaptation. Rice and wheat production are forecasted to decline significantly under projected climate change. Decrease in precipitation due to climate change is expected to lead to longer drought periods thereby paralysing the agriculture capacity and food security of the country. This island nation is also threatened by sea-level rise and hurricanes due to reduced natural defences damaged by deforestation and coral bleaching. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


Share this page

BE ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS...

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | ALL PROJECTS

swipe to see more

THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET THERE IS NO PLAN B FOR OUR PLANET