The government-sponsored Climate Change (Management) Bill for PNG has been passed in
Parliament despite requests by the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum and other Civil Society members and partners to properly consult all concerned stakeholders. The request came after it was identified that the Bill had serious flaws in having a proposed governance system for Board and Climate Change Trust Fund that was highly corruptible. The Bill was circulated to stakeholders for comments within two weeks from the 15th April 2015. This was in total contradiction to the best practice of
adequate consultation processes.
The Eco-Forestry Forum and its members have played an active role in the discussions on climate change and REDD+ issues both nationally and internationally. At the policy level, we are represented at the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and the Policy Executive Board of the PNG UN-REDD Programme. We have represented the Asia-Pacific on the global UN-REDD Policy Board three years ago. We have also attended and contributed to all the workshops and meetings organized by OCCD and at the same time carried out awareness and capacity building programs with local communities throughout PNG. At the community level, we have...
We the members of the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum with partner NGO’s and Civil Society Organisations concerned, on behalf of the people of this beautiful country wish to bring to your attention the fact of the poor quality and faulty status of the Country’s Climate Change (Management) Bill (Bill) and the REDD+ Policy of 2015 and would like to seek your support as a responsible Government to ensure wide and thorough consultations by all stakeholders on the proposed legislations and that the proposed Bills be subjected to a valid peer review before it is passed as law.