Papua New Guinea (PNG) is endowed with exceptional natural values including enormous biodiversity.
7% of the world’s biodiversity in less than 1% of the world’s land
One of 17 megadiverse countries in the world
280,000 km2 of forests (60% of the area of the country) store a significant amount of carbon, maintain water quality, and preserve soil stability
2.4 million km2 of ocean including 7,000 km2 of coral reefs and 4,200 km2 of diverse mangrove forest
87% of Papua New Guineans are dependent on natural resources for livelihoods and sustenance
Global Data, Local Insights: Environmental Data Available in the Natural Resource Hub
However, PNG’s biodiversity is under threat and the country is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change:
Population growth, logging and industrial-scale monocultures have contributed to increases in habitat clearance
Papua New Guinea’s low altitude forests are being lost at a rate of between 3 and 5% per year since 2010
Maximum temperatures in PNG have increased at a rate of 0.11°C per decade; sea levels have risen by about 7mm per year since 1993, and the level of ocean acidification has been slowly increasing
Rural subsistence communities are particularly vulnerable due to their dependence on natural resources and a reliable climate, combined with their limited capacity for climate adaptation
PNG'S BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE STRATEGIES
PNG BIODIVERSITY WEBSITE
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UNDP NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT HUB
The UNDP Natural Resource Management Hub (NRM Hub) will house a range of support tools designed to help policymakers, civil society organizations and other stakeholders make informed decisions on natural resources and sustainable livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Taking data from a variety of sources, the NRM Hub can assist with project planning, reporting and evaluation of natural resource processes. This includes a variety of use cases such as: collecting data from communities in protected areas; making global spatial data available for mapping at the local level; and sharing data in new ways through interactive articles and visualizations. This collection of tools aims to improve environmental policies and prioritize investments to secure long-term sustainable use of natural resources.