Climate Change and ADI Program Improvement

House by a River

PNG is the largest pacific island state with over 605 Islands and Atolls which contain 7% of the world’s biodiversity. It is for this reason it is often referred to as the lungs of the Pacific.

The country is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. With 80 per cent of PNG’s population living in rural and remote communities that rely on subsistence and small-scale commercial agriculture systems and fishing, the country is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and natural hazards.

The changing weather patterns and sea levels have been measured rising at 7mm per year since 1993 and presents a real threat to the natural lifestyle and culture of the PNG people. ADI patrol teams have seen first hand village communities relocating away from the water’s edge and have heard concerns from these remote people around changes in their surroundings.  

ADI has been slowly trying to improve its Carbon footprint in PNG and this year it completed a solar project in Namatanai Hospital with BD Australia, which is delivering solar powered light, running water and power to the busy Maternity ward of the hospital.  

ADI has also installed simple light and fan sets in its accommodation in Kavieng town as well as planning to power its New Ireland office with a solar panel and battery system to be installed by the end of 2021.  

In Western Province it has been supplying both new and donated stainless steel medical instruments with a “bush steam steriliser” that can be powered with a cooking fire to replace disposable plastic equivalents and the need for electric or gas sterilising on Patrol. 

Research is also being done on the practicality of purchasing advanced solar powered vaccine storage devices for both routine childhood and COVID vaccines on remote outreach patrols. Solar powered container offices are also sourced for Kimbe and Kavieng. 

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