There is a critical gap in the skills needed to respond to climate change in Pacific Island countries. Over A$1 billion in climate finance is currently flowing to the Pacific, but almost all the skills to deliver these programs are sourced externally.
In PNG, Australia is working with the PNG Government to address the skills gap under the PNG-Australia Climate Change Action Plan, a ministerial agreement between both countries. Australia’s support aims to enhance the resilience of PNG communities to climate change impacts, and of critical social and economic infrastructure, to climate change.
A key focus of support is on capacity development of PNG Government staff and institutions, particularly those working in the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA), to effectively coordinate and implement PNG’s national climate change policy across other government agencies.
In March 2019, as part of the Australia Awards PNG initiative, 26 PNG nationals from the public and private sector began a Graduate Certificate in Environment Management (Climate Change Policy) at the University of Queensland.
These graduates will complete the course in October 2019 and will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to the development and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, and regulations, in PNG. The graduates will also have a thorough understanding of climate change international policy, and the legal context and implications, for PNG.
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