World Environment Day: “Protecting our Forest and Marine Ecosystems”


In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated the 5th of June as World Environment Day (WED). The first celebration, under the slogan “Only One Earth” took place in 1974. Most PNG adults today will have taken part during their school days as students as the day was a key calendar event for most PNG schools through the years.

WED has developed as a platform to raise awareness and educate on the problems facing our environment such as air pollution, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, and food security, among others.

The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration” and will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecosystem restoration can take many forms: Growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens, changing diets or cleaning up rivers and coasts.

Papua New Guinea, being a member to the UN, is joining the host Pakistan, together with other nations in the world to commit to restore and prevent the loss of our unique and some of the pristine ecosystems in the world. PNG localized the theme to be “Protecting our Forest and Marine Ecosystems” because PNG has some of the pristine forest and marine ecosystems that sustain the livelihoods of our people.

To celebrate PNG’s rich biodiversity and ecosystems, the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) and Climate Change Development Authority are planning to observe the WED 2021 in three (3) locations concurrently;

  1. Buka Island 🏝-Bougainville Coastline Mangrove Trees Planting Launching and attending to Creteret Island and atolls affected by the sea level rising because of the effects of global warming.
  2. In the five Hula villages of Central Province to represent the Marine Ecosystems and
  3. At the foot of Mt.Wilhelm in Kundiawa/Gembolg, Simbu to represent the Forest ecosystems.

Photo Credit: Greenpeace / John Novis

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