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An evaluation of Papua New Guinea's carbon-compatible development strategy

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Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 27 July 2010
12.30pm–1.30pm

Venue

Acton Lecture Theatre, #132 JG Crawford Building, ANU

Speaker

Colin Filer

Contacts

Hayley Primrose
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In March 2010, PNG’s National Executive Council endorsed a strategy for ‘climate-compatible development’
which contains an ‘aspirational goal of carbon neutrality by 2050’, coupled with a threefold increase in
per capita GDP by 2030. As a leading member of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, PNG has also
been seeking financial compensation from the international community for measures taken to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from the process of deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). A climatecompatible
development strategy therefore entails an assessment of current and future trends in the
rate of deforestation and forest degradation, with or without such measures. This seminar will consider
the way in which these trends have been represented in the national policy process which intersects the
domains of ‘sustainable forest management’ and ‘climate change mitigation’, and the peculiar forms of
moral hazard which have to be negotiated in order to demonstrate the PNG government’s willingness
and ability to control the drivers behind the physical process which is being represented in this policy
process.

Colin Filer is Convenor of the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program in the Crawford School. He
has been a participant observer of Papua New Guinea’s forest policy process for the past 20 years. This
seminar is partly based on his experience as an adviser to the PNG Department of Environment and
Conservation in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009.

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