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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kivori Poi briefed on water irrigation project


THE establishment of a Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Program (PACC) Office in Papua New Guinea to help local people affected by climate change has been welcomed with open arms by villagers living along the coastline of Central province.

The PNG-PACC office will be facilitated by the Ministry and Department of Agriculture and Livestock through its Land Use section (DAL/LU) with the assistance of the Office of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (OCCES).

Early this week officers from both organisations led by Taito Nakalevu, the PACC Regional Program Manager based in Apia, Samoa paid a visit to Kivori Poi village in the Waima area of the Bereina District of Central province which has been chosen as a pilot site to trial out a Water Irrigation Project under the PACC program.

The PNG-PACC will fall under the auspices of the UNDP funded PACC program  in Apia, Samoa which has helped in providing bulk of the funding for this program also carried around in other countries of the Pacific region.

The visit to Kivori Poi village by the joint DAL/LU and OCCES team was basically to follow up on a previous visit in 2008 where the idea to propose a Water Irrigation Project in the area was first mooted under the PACC program.

Mr Nakalevu was than the leader of the 2008 visit where villagers were first consulted on the water irrigation project idea after they were affected by the El Nino long drought during that time.

A project proposal was then put together and submitted to the UNDP PACC Program office in Apia, Samoa seeking funding assistance.  According to Nakalevu, the Kivori Poi project proposal had to undergo a stringent screening process among other entries from the Pacific Region.

When providing a full brief to the villagers during the latest visit, Mr Nakalevu relayed the good news that the Kivori Poi Water Irrigation Project proposal was given the green light, meaning it had been successful for funding much to the delight of the villagers who have now agreed full-heartedly and have organised a village committee to help with the project.

A statement outlining a brief background of the PNG PACC says it is clear that climate change impacts are slowly being felt across a broad spectrum of society, particularly in food production and food security. While the main focus of many of the activities carried out by various organisations is not necessarily climate change oriented, most activities undertaken could be included as adaptation activities over the long term due to their veracity as sound environmental and sustainable management of resources in Papua New Guinea.

That is why the project under the theme "piloting climate change adaptation in food production and food security in Central province, Papua New Guinea" was proposed for PACC-Papua New Guinea. This project would focus on enhancing, and where necessary, developing adaptation measures (hard and soft solutions) in pilot sites in the Central province which is often affected by drought on an annual basis.

The statement says that agriculture production is very sensitive to climate and climate variability. Crop growth and yield is influenced by inter-annual variations in weather, nutrient status of soils and temperature. Climate change will affect soils primarily through changes in soil moisture, soil temperature and soil organic matter content.

The PNG-PACC office together with other stakeholders will meet to start the planning process for the Kivori Poi pilot water irrigation project in the next few months before further feasibility studies are undertaken.

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