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Climate Resilient Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea

Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Photo of a local road in PNG.
The new Ambogo Bridge in Oro Province, PNG, completed in 2016 under the PNG-Australia Transport Sector Support Program. Credit: PNG-Australia Transport Sector Support Program

Safer, more reliable road transport networks linking people to population centres, markets, health facilities and schools are a top priority for the Government of PNG. As the impacts of climate change escalate and extreme weather and disasters become more frequent, critical transport infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, are increasingly threatened by intense floods and landslides.

Designs and construction methods must take these risks into account if infrastructure is to withstand disasters and provide a sustainable solution to the challenges of accessibility, distance and isolation that many people in PNG face.

The Papua New Guinea-Australia Transport Sector Support Program is working with Government of PNG agencies, collaborating with multilateral partners and supporting local road contractors to build climate resilient roads, bridges and wharves. Areas of focus include: technical support and training; supporting hydrological and geotechnical modelling and feasibility studies; and adopting improved flood design standards, sound engineering practice and tightened contracting and compliance checks.

To strengthen aviation safety, the program is also exploring a partnership between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the PNG National Weather Service to increase the collection of weather data, improve weather forecasting and early warning systems, and provide pilots with accurate, real-time weather alerts.

The Transport Sector Support Program provides practical examples of how capabilities and standards for climate resilient infrastructure can be built locally through technical support and technology, with a view to continued improvement in standards as impacts intensify.

For more information or assistance from the Support Unit contact: helpdesk@apclimatepartnership.com.au

Last Updated: 13 August 2019
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