27 Oct 2015

ADB grant to PNG to help cope with climate change

8:44 am on 27 October 2015
Housing in Papua New Guinea

Housing in Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Asian Development Bank is providing US$24.25 million dollars to help Papua New Guinea build up its resilience and responsiveness to the impacts of climate change.

It aims to mainstream climate resilience into development planning in vulnerable communities in 21 vulnerable islands and atolls in the provinces of Bougainville, East New Britain, Milne Bay, and Morobe.

ADB natural resources economist, Marilou Drilon, says they are targetting the most vulnerable sectors of infrastructure, natural resources, health and agriculture.

The ADB has calculated PNG's economy is likely to suffer the biggest losses in the Pacific from climate change.