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INITIATIVES TO FIGHT OCEAN POLLUTION

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INITIATIVES TO FIGHT OCEAN POLLUTION

PORT MORESBY MARKS WORLD OCEAN DAY AND WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021

PORT MORESBY: NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop today announced initiatives to fight ocean pollution in the city.

NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop led students and other city residents today cleaning beach fronts in honour of World Ocean Day 2021.

Governor Parkop made the announcements today following a Walk and Yoga for Life program in honour of 2021 World Ocean Day.


Port Moresby residents taking to the streets to further awareness and take actions on ocean pollution in honour of 2021 World Ocean Day.

In that, he unveiled Commission’s initiative to buy back plastic for recycling. 

Additionally, he said mechanism and governance for the initiative is still at infant stage.  NCDC will make further announcements about it later, he said.

Students cleaning sea fronts.

He also announced sea front cleaning by schools and active city volunteers.

RECYCLING PLASTIC: BUY-BACK PLASTIC

Further, he said for the start, K20 000 has been allocated to pilot it.

More so, he said schools will become key stakeholders engaged for plastic buy-back program.

Teachers from participating schools receiving incentives from NCDC Waste Management officers.

Furthermore, NCDC will extend it to general public when a system being worked on,  is in place, he said.

Governor Parkop led students and other city residents picking up plastic and cleaning sea fronts.

That was after the end of the celebrations at the redeveloped Sir Hubert Murray Stadium today. https://pngsun.com/2021/05/30/world-environment-day-program-launched/

CELEBRATIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES 

The celebrations in dances, awareness and action today were all part of a week-long program and activities in the city to honour both World Environment Day and World Ocean Day. 

NCDC senior officers posing for a photo with students after cleaning Konebada Beach front.

Last week, the first National Forum on Protected Areas and, Environment and Climate Emergency Summit were hosted in the city in the lead up to the World Environment Day 2021 which was celebrated in style on Saturday 05, June. https://www.pg.undp.org/content/papua_new_guinea/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2019/png-joins-global-community-to-celebrate-world-environment-day–.html

After the cleanup

The participating schools, Kilakila Secondary, Kilakila Primary, Koki Primary, Badili Vocational, Sevese Morea Primary, Koki Vocational and St Francis Primary were cleaning sea fronts of Kanudi, Ela Beach, Tatana, Konedada and Idubada.

Before the cleanup

Governor Parkop called on residents to recycle plastic in light of plastic bottles finding their way into the ocean through drainages and waterways during the extreme wet weather season.

PLASTIC’S IMPACTS ON MARINE LIFE

He said plastic affect the marine life in different ways, adding nearly 80 per cent of plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.

Plastic reaches streams, drainages and waterways when littered or dumped and finally end up in the ocean, he said.

The flash floods in the city, he said, exacerbate the ocean pollution.

Governor Parkop displaying seedling 🌱before planting in honour of 2021 World Environment Day celebrations in Port Moresby.

Governor Parkop said the Centre for Biology Diversity reported that ‘at least 267 different species have been affected by plastic pollution in the ocean.’

“The facts are very alarming with more than 100,000 marine animals being killed by plastic bags annually.
One in three leatherback sea turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs,” he said.

Governor Juffa with students at redeveloped Sir Hubert Murray Stadium during the 2021 World Environment Day on June 5.

He extended his commendation to volunteers and NGOs as well.

“It is all result of irresponsible behaviours of our residents just dumping rubbish in drains,” he said.

City Manager Bernard Kipit with students and others showing tree seedlings at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium before planting in honour of 2021 World Environment Day
Deputy City Manager Ravu Frank with students displaying tree seedlings before planting in honour of 2021 World Environment Day at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium
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