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Madang Governor Takes Up Low Emission Land Use Planning Options and Opportunities

26 June 2015

Madang, Papua New Guinea, encompassing mature tropical rainforest and marine ecosystems, is one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. On June 24, 2015, USAID LEAF, in collaboration with the Madang Provincial Government and The Nature Conservancy, launched a report “Low Emission Land Use Planning for Madang Province: Options and Opportunities.” Produced in close consultation with the Madang Civil Society Forum, Madang community based organizations, and national level stakeholders, the report provides guidance to the Madang Provincial Government on steps to achieve “green growth” and contributes to national and international discussions on low carbon growth. At the launching ceremony, the Madang Governor, the Honorable Jim Kas, MP, said, “An effective and sustainable land use planning process will allow our valuable natural resources to be sustainably developed for our economic prosperity.” Cristina Vélez Srinivasan, Acting Office Director of USAID Pacific Islands, said “The Madang Provincial Government has taken a leading role for Papua New Guinea in helping shape a better future of Low Emission Development.”

The report can be downloaded here: www.leafasia.org/library/Madang_LELUP.