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Papua New Guinea PM solicits financial support for biodiversity conservation

Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister, James Marape, on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 called for financial support to help the Island country preserve its rainforests otherwise known as “lungs of the planet’’.

James Marape
James Marape, Papua New Guinean (PNG) Prime Minister

Marape said this in his speech via video at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, known as COP15.

Tropical rainforests are called lungs of the planet because they generally draw in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen.

Trees help the planet breathe by turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen. Trees and forests around the world also act like the planet’s air conditioning system and keep the planet cool.

“My country needs development financing in exchange for concentrated effort on conservation, and I will like to use the platform of this forum to invite partnerships for this most worthwhile cause,’’ Marape said.

The meeting kicked off Monday in Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

It provided an important platform for the international community to discuss urgent action for biodiversity agendas for the decade to come.

The southwestern Pacific Island country hosts 13 per cent of the world’s rainforests, which play a crucial role in absorbing carbon and easing global climate change.

About 71 per cent of its land was covered by rainforests.

However, deforestation and degradation are accelerating in the country due to biodiversity loss and climate change.

“PNG needs partners, responsible and like-minded individuals, corporate citizens and governments who can assist us conserve this 13 per cent rainforests this important lungs of the world and this precious biodiversity that is contained in our country,’’ Marape said.

The theme of the Kunming conference, “‘Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared

“Future for All Life on Earth,’ is something PNG is now keenly pursuing,” he said. 

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