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Resilient justice sector infrastructure in Papua New Guinea

Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Photo of Police Vehicle outside a two storey police building.
Use of large eaves and high ceilings maximises shade and natural cooling. Credit: Lydia Kaia, Cardno Emerging Markets.

As climate change impacts escalate, average temperatures in PNG are increasing and heat waves are lasting longer. This is creating new pressures on the infrastructure and resources of PNG's justice sector. Australia is supporting the PNG government to create safer and more secure communities while mitigating the environmental impacts of development in the sector.

The $90 million (2015-2019) Justice Services and Stability for Development Program works in Port Moresby, six provincial locations and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville where it considers the impacts of climate change and disasters in the construction of all new law and justice infrastructure.

In April 2018, the program completed the new Provincial Police Headquarters on Manus Island. The building was constructed to exacting environmental standards. The design of the building allows natural airflow in public spaces, particularly in the main reception area, through the use of louvre windows and retractable security grilles at entranceways. This reduces reliance on expensive air conditioning. The building also maximises the amount of natural light, reducing the need for artificial sources, and uses low-wattage, long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs where lights are needed.

The building materials used are impervious to insects and require minimal maintenance; and contaminants, including asbestos, and rubbish from the previous building were disposed of carefully to minimise environmental impact. "The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary views the design and construction methods as a model for future headquarters in other provinces," confirms Tony Dunwang, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Logistics).

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Last Updated: 15 October 2019
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