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Climate Change in Papua New Guinea,Kimbe-West New Britain Province

Updated on August 7, 2013

Trees and Coconuts once serve as natural seawall and sources to basic daily resources needs now washed off

Washing Away of Trees as a result of Rising Sea Level

Like many other parts of the Pacific Island countries, West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea is experiencing the impacts of rising sea level through the exerted sea erosional pressures on the beach fronts.

It happened that many of the resources along the cosatlines are now submerged and these range from the terrestrial species of trees that are being washed down by the sea, down to the inhabitants of the beach fronts and right into the peripheral coastal coral reefs. Many of us grow up in rural communities that entirely depend on our surrounding environment for our daily basic needs for survival.

Now, what is very significant is that most of the sources that we usually derive our resources for daily survival are now submereged, reefs are no longer conducive breeding grounds for fish and other marine related resources that supports our daily living. Then, our question is where are all these things gone to, the answer lies cristal clear in the current daily washes of the rising sea level just in front of our houses into the sea.

In conclusion, Climate Change apart from the Cartret Island of Bouganville, is already gradually corroding the island of New Britain, in this particular artilce, the West New Britain Province. Though, impacts seen with the naked eyes are small, biodiversity losses is the common issue faced now in this era.


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