Livelihood futures in Papua New Guinea

Many coastal communities in Papua New Guinea are dependent on marine resources and ecosystems for their livelihoods and therefore are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is vital to plan 'no regrets' adaptation strategies for these communities which can help prepare them for a range of future uncertainties.

The project used participatory scenario planning workshops with stakeholders from the provincial, local government and ward scales. By combining stakeholders’ knowledge of livelihoods’ drivers of change, important ecosystem goods and services, and communities’ adaptive capacity, the process explored plausible futures and generated ‘no regrets’ adaptation strategies for vulnerable communities in West New Britain, hence building the capacity of participants.

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Papua New Guinea

West New Britain province


Submitted by:

James Butler

Project leader

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James Butler

Livelihood futures in Papua New Guinea


Butler J, Skewes T, Wise R, Bohensky E, Bou N, Masikiri B, 2013. Climate Futures, Ecosystem Services and Livelihood Adaptation Strategies in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. West New Britain Futures Workshop Report 18-19 July 2012. SEWPAC, Canberra: CSIRO. 64 Pages.

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