EARLY warning systems for inland and coastal flooding will be developed by Papua New Guinea’s Office of Climate Change and Development (OOCD) to help the nation adapt to flood-related risks.

Working with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the systems will be introduced to the Morobe, Madang, New Ireland, East Sepik and Northern provinces.

PNG’s ability to generate and disseminate warning information for inland and coastal flooding is limited due to a lack of adequate technical facilities, capacities and systems.

Without communication facilities at the provincial and sub-provincial level, warnings cannot be conveyed to communities living in remote and isolated areas, while procedures and protocols are also unclear.

Together, the UNDP/OCCD-led initiative will focus on building a technical and sophisticated warning systems base and establishing a responsive line of control for dissemination of warnings to communities, including the remote areas.

The groups will appoint a company to conduct comprehensive mapping and analysis of existing mechanisms, identify gaps and opportunities for improvements and produce reports with a set of actions and resources required for effective early-warning systems.