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Prime Minister James Marape Joins Governor Parkop to Celebrate World Environment Day in NCD.

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, along with his entire Cabinet and Government caucus, joined NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop and the management and staff of NCDC to celebrate World Environment Day in Port Moresby on Wednesday June 5th at the Independence Boulevard.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Hon. John Rosso and the Cabinet of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea and the entire Government caucus, participated in a tree-planting event at Independence Boulevard before proceeding to Parliament.

"All around the world, people and countries are taking this time to think about what they can do to protect our natural environment, respond to climate change, and tackle the challenges of a changing environment," said Governor Parkop.

"Today, it’s an absolute privilege and honor to have Prime Minister James Marape, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. John Rosso, the entire Cabinet and Government caucus with us to mark this day by planting trees along Independence Boulevard," he added.

The Boulevard is intended to be a national precinct for hosting important national events such as Independence Day and Remembrance Day Parades.

Governor Parkop thanked City Manager Ravu Frank and NCDC management team, all stakeholders, including schools, for their support in commemorating the day.

He also expressed gratitude to the school children who escorted Prime Minister Marape and each Member of Parliament to plant a tree along Independence Boulevard.

Prime Minister Marape commended Governor Parkop for leading the city in commemorating World Environment Day. Reflecting on this year's theme, “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience,” under the slogan "Our Land. Our Future. We are #GenerationRestoration," he described it as fitting.

"Trees produce oxygen, which gives life. Taking care of the environment by planting trees is crucial. I encourage every Papua New Guinean to plant a tree each year," Marape said.

In addition to the tree planting at Independence Boulevard, NCDC organized mangrove and coral planting at Idubada Tech and Apec Haus, as well as public place cleaning to commemorate World Environment Day.

School children, local communities, and stakeholders joined the NCDC management and staff, planting a total of 2,000 trees as part of Governor Parkop’s Amazing Port Moresby vision of ‘One Million Tree Planting’ initiative that started in 2021 as part of saving and restoring the conservation of trees in NCD.

Since then, the city has planted 32,000 trees, according to the Parks and Gardens division of NCDC.