Environment & Disaster Risk Management
Environment and disaster risk management is a cross-border issue and therefore a global concern that applies to developed and developing nations alike. In Papua New Guinea, its rich biodiversity and its vast wealth in natural resources necessitate sustainable resource management, as the people depend on these resources for their livelihoods. Papua New Guinea is also prone to natural disasters including drought, earthquakes and flooding.
The United Nations (UN) provides strategic advice to the government and shares best practices in sustainable natural resource management to encourage and ensure long-term environmental sustainability. The UN also supports capacity-building for mainstreaming environmental issues in policy drafting, and in monitoring and evaluation of policies. The UN assists government and civil society at national and provincial levels to reduce the vulnerability of people to disaster risks, through prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Through raising awareness, data collection and analysis, and drafting policy and legislative frameworks, the UN helps create an enabling environment for disaster risk management.