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    Source: International Organization for Migration
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    In the framework of the European Union–funded Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project, this national assessment brings together existing evidence on the migration, environment and climate change nexus in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The report provides a review of environmental migration materialized in local realities and compiles data from a wide variety of sources, including government policy documents, academic research, working papers and other publications and research carried out by national and international organizations, NGOs and research institutions.

    The aim of the report is twofold. First, it provides an overview of PNG’s exposure to environmental and climatic changes, as well as the factors influencing human vulnerability. It maps the complex relationship between migration, environment and climate change, and particularly looks at two case studies of Carteret Islanders and people displaced by the volcanic eruption in Manam Island since 2004. Second, it examines the existing policy frameworks and offers guidance to integrate environmental migration in PNG’s national planning. An outline of the developmental achievements and challenges, and an in-depth exploration of the role of the environment and climate change in shaping the country’s long-term migration dynamics are provided to this end. Based on the review of the existing policy framework and the key findings, the report offers a “policy toolkit” with suggestions of policy options and identified priorities.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

    Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

    Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

    "The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

    "A liaison officer from...Emergency Management Australia in Canberra [has joined us] and we have a team leader and two canines and a paramedic."


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    Source: Xinhua
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

    Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

    Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a paramedic/safety officer and a liaison officer from Emergency Management Australia, Australian Associated Press reported from PORT MORESBY, capital of PNG.

    The team is expected to arrive by helicopter early on Sunday Morning at Kora, near Barrick's Kainantu mine in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province, the report said.

    Despite the timeframe and more heavy rain, Stephen Smith told reporters at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport they were "on the optimistic side of the fence".

    "There is always a chance that has been proven in the past that people have been able to survive those periods of time (more than 48 hours)," AAP quoted Smith as said.

    "The use of the canine capacity and technical search capacity, that we brought up, means there is potential for us to have a nice outcome," he said.

    PNG's Highlands are prone to landslides due to the region's often heavy rains and mountainous terrain.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

    Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

    Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

    "The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

    "A liaison officer from...Emergency Management Australia in Canberra [has joined us] and we have a team leader and two canines and a paramedic."


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    Source: Xinhua
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

    Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

    Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a paramedic/safety officer and a liaison officer from Emergency Management Australia, Australian Associated Press reported from PORT MORESBY, capital of PNG.

    The team is expected to arrive by helicopter early on Sunday Morning at Kora, near Barrick's Kainantu mine in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province, the report said.

    Despite the timeframe and more heavy rain, Stephen Smith told reporters at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport they were "on the optimistic side of the fence".

    "There is always a chance that has been proven in the past that people have been able to survive those periods of time (more than 48 hours)," AAP quoted Smith as said.

    "The use of the canine capacity and technical search capacity, that we brought up, means there is potential for us to have a nice outcome," he said.

    PNG's Highlands are prone to landslides due to the region's often heavy rains and mountainous terrain.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

    Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

    Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

    "The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

    "A liaison officer from...Emergency Management Australia in Canberra [has joined us] and we have a team leader and two canines and a paramedic."


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    Source: Xinhua
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

    Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

    Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a paramedic/safety officer and a liaison officer from Emergency Management Australia, Australian Associated Press reported from PORT MORESBY, capital of PNG.

    The team is expected to arrive by helicopter early on Sunday Morning at Kora, near Barrick's Kainantu mine in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province, the report said.

    Despite the timeframe and more heavy rain, Stephen Smith told reporters at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport they were "on the optimistic side of the fence".

    "There is always a chance that has been proven in the past that people have been able to survive those periods of time (more than 48 hours)," AAP quoted Smith as said.

    "The use of the canine capacity and technical search capacity, that we brought up, means there is potential for us to have a nice outcome," he said.

    PNG's Highlands are prone to landslides due to the region's often heavy rains and mountainous terrain.


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    Source: Reuters - AlertNet
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) - As many as 40 people are missing in Papua New Guinea after a landslide hit in the vicinity of a gold mine, the Australia Broadcasting Corp said on Saturday, and an Australian rescue team was on its way to help in the search.

    The bodies of 10 dead, including those of three children, had been recovered from the site already, an Australian government official who declined to be identified said.

    The Australian rescue team of around five including dog handlers was sent at the request of the PNG government, a spokesman for Emergency Management Australia said by telephone.

    "We still don't really know how many are buried. They think that the village itself had about that many people," Alastair Wilson said, referring to the figure of 40 missing.

    The landslide happened on Thursday at the Kora exploration camp of the Kainantu gold mine site, east of Goroka, the capital of Eastern Highlands province.

    The rescue service spokesman told Reuters the landslide was not actually at the mine itself but some distance away.

    The mine is operated by Canadian-based mining giant Barrick Gold <ABX.TO>.

    The rescue team was expected to fly up to the site on arrival in Papua New Guinea and be there later on Saturday.

    (Editing by Jerry Norton)


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    Source: Xinhua
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

    Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

    Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a paramedic/safety officer and a liaison officer from Emergency Management Australia, Australian Associated Press reported from PORT MORESBY, capital of PNG.

    The team is expected to arrive by helicopter early on Sunday Morning at Kora, near Barrick's Kainantu mine in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province, the report said.

    Despite the timeframe and more heavy rain, Stephen Smith told reporters at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport they were "on the optimistic side of the fence".

    "There is always a chance that has been proven in the past that people have been able to survive those periods of time (more than 48 hours)," AAP quoted Smith as said.

    "The use of the canine capacity and technical search capacity, that we brought up, means there is potential for us to have a nice outcome," he said.

    PNG's Highlands are prone to landslides due to the region's often heavy rains and mountainous terrain.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

    Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

    Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

    "The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

    "A liaison officer from...Emergency Management Australia in Canberra [has joined us] and we have a team leader and two canines and a paramedic."


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    Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) - As many as 40 people are missing in Papua New Guinea after a landslide hit in the vicinity of a gold mine, the Australia Broadcasting Corp said on Saturday, and an Australian rescue team was on its way to help in the search.

    The bodies of 10 dead, including those of three children, had been recovered from the site already, an Australian government official who declined to be identified said.

    The Australian rescue team of around five including dog handlers was sent at the request of the PNG government, a spokesman for Emergency Management Australia said by telephone.

    "We still don't really know how many are buried. They think that the village itself had about that many people," Alastair Wilson said, referring to the figure of 40 missing.

    The landslide happened on Thursday at the Kora exploration camp of the Kainantu gold mine site, east of Goroka, the capital of Eastern Highlands province.

    The rescue service spokesman told Reuters the landslide was not actually at the mine itself but some distance away.

    The mine is operated by Canadian-based mining giant Barrick Gold <ABX.TO>.

    The rescue team was expected to fly up to the site on arrival in Papua New Guinea and be there later on Saturday.

    (Editing by Jerry Norton)


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    Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) - As many as 40 people are missing in Papua New Guinea after a landslide hit in the vicinity of a gold mine, the Australia Broadcasting Corp said on Saturday, and an Australian rescue team was on its way to help in the search.

    The bodies of 10 dead, including those of three children, had been recovered from the site already, an Australian government official who declined to be identified said.

    The Australian rescue team of around five including dog handlers was sent at the request of the PNG government, a spokesman for Emergency Management Australia said by telephone.

    "We still don't really know how many are buried. They think that the village itself had about that many people," Alastair Wilson said, referring to the figure of 40 missing.

    The landslide happened on Thursday at the Kora exploration camp of the Kainantu gold mine site, east of Goroka, the capital of Eastern Highlands province.

    The rescue service spokesman told Reuters the landslide was not actually at the mine itself but some distance away.

    The mine is operated by Canadian-based mining giant Barrick Gold <ABX.TO>.

    The rescue team was expected to fly up to the site on arrival in Papua New Guinea and be there later on Saturday.

    (Editing by Jerry Norton)


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Five Australians are flying to Papua New Guinea to help search for about 40 people missing in a landslide at a gold mine in the country's Eastern Highlands.

    Nine people have so far been found dead in the landslip that happened on Thursday at the Barrick Gold mine site.

    Gary Littlewood from Queensland Fire and Rescue says the PNG government has requested Australia's help.

    "The landslip is at a mine - there's a village attached to the mine and it's about 650 kilometres north-west of Port Moresby, it's up in the highlands," he said.

    "A liaison officer from...Emergency Management Australia in Canberra [has joined us] and we have a team leader and two canines and a paramedic."


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    Source: Xinhua
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    CANBERRA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - An Australian rescue team flew to Papua New Guinea Saturday afternoon in hopes to find survivors more than two days after a landslide killed ten PNGs at a remote goldmine camp in the eastern part of the country.

    Extreme rainfall triggered a landslide on Thursday that killed five mine exploration workers in their rooms and five local villagers who were travelling through the area from a nearby food garden.

    Among the Australian task force that flew into PNG was team leader Stephen Smith, two dog handlers, a paramedic/safety officer and a liaison officer from Emergency Management Australia, Australian Associated Press reported from PORT MORESBY, capital of PNG.

    The team is expected to arrive by helicopter early on Sunday Morning at Kora, near Barrick's Kainantu mine in PNG's Eastern Highlands Province, the report said.

    Despite the timeframe and more heavy rain, Stephen Smith told reporters at Port Moresby's Jacksons Airport they were "on the optimistic side of the fence".

    "There is always a chance that has been proven in the past that people have been able to survive those periods of time (more than 48 hours)," AAP quoted Smith as said.

    "The use of the canine capacity and technical search capacity, that we brought up, means there is potential for us to have a nice outcome," he said.

    PNG's Highlands are prone to landslides due to the region's often heavy rains and mountainous terrain.


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    Source: Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    SYDNEY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - An Australian search and rescue team sent to a mining exploration camp in Papua New Guinea hit by a devastating landslide had found no more dead bodies after the initial 10 dead, an Australian government aid official said on Sunday.

    All the local people affected by the landslide in Eastern Highlands province in the vicinity of a gold mine had been accounted for, the official, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.

    Dozens of people were earlier feared to have been trapped after the landslide struck on Thursday.

    The Australia Broadcasting Corporation quoted an AusAid spokesman a saying that headcounts done in nearby villages had indicated everyone was accounted for.

    The Australian emergency team of around five, including dog handlers with search dogs, was sent in on Saturday at the request of Papua New Guinea.

    "The search and rescue dogs did a grid search and were not able to find any more people," the official said. "So they think the site has now been cleared.

    The landslide happened at the Kora exploration camp of the Kainantu gold mine site, east of Goroka, the capital of Eastern Highlands province. The site is operated by Canadian-based mining giant Barrick Gold.Corporation. <ABX.TO>

    (Sydney newsroom +61 2 93731800; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    A search by Australian emergency workers for potential survivors caught in a mudslide in Papua New Guinea has been called off.

    Search and Rescue workers arrived in PNG yesterday after heavy rain caused a land slip which claimed 10 lives.

    The landslip happened on Thursday night near Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands and killed 10 people, including three children.

    Five of the victims were Barrick Gold mine employees who were working at the remote exploration sight.

    The Australian search and rescue team, including two sniffer dogs, found no signs of life after a comprehensive search of the 30 by 50 metre site.

    It is understood head counts undertaken in surrounding villages indicate that no people remain unaccounted for.

    PNG asked the Australian Government to provide a search and rescue assistance.

    AusAid coordinated the response and the rescue team is now preparing to return to Australia.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    More than 700 people in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province have been left homeless after a river burst its banks following weeks of heavy rain, local media has reported.

    An estimated 25 hectares (62 acres) of land was inundated when the Waghi River flooded early Tuesday morning (local time), swamping vegetable gardens, cash crops and livestock, the National newspaper said.

    The country's National Disaster Centre committed $58,000 to the Western Highlands provincial government to help more than 700 displaced villagers in the Dei region, it said.

    Community leader Gabriel Nolai said the works department and two local construction companies were partly to blame for failing to build adequate drainage.


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Steve Marshall, PNG correspondent

    A major land slip in Papua New Guinea has killed at least 14 people, including seven children.

    Heavy rain in the Eastern Highlands caused a hill to give way near a rural bus stop.

    An avalanche of mud slammed into the area and completely covered a 15 seater bus parked on the side of the highway.

    Seven children have been confirmed among the dead.

    Disaster authorities say it's unclear just how many people have been killed because recovery efforts are being hampered local landowners.

    They are demanding compensation money from the government before allowing the search to take place.


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    Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
    Country: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands

    (ECHO/-PA/BUD/2009/01000)

    THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES, Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, Having regard to Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid(1) , and in particular Article 2(a) and Article 13 thereof,

    Whereas:

    (1) On the 8 December 2008 high seas and king tides started hitting Papua New Guinea. A few days later, prolonged rainfall caused by tropical depression severely battered Fiji. Consequently, both countries have been affected by floods. On 29 and 30 January heavy floods affected the Solomon Islands.

    (2) There have been serious disruptions of access to basic health services and to clean water, damage to the sewerage systems as well as displacement of people and losses of livelihoods and household possessions.

    (3) To reach populations in need, emergency aid should be channelled through Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or International Organisations including United Nations (UN) agencies. Therefore the European Commission should implement the budget by direct centralized management or by joint management.

    (4) For the purposes of this Decision, the Pacific countries involved are Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

    (5) Humanitarian aid Actions financed by this Decision should be of a maximum duration of 6 months.

    (6) It is estimated that an amount of EUR 700,000 from budget article 23 02 01 of the general budget of theuropean Communities is necessary to provide humanitarian assistance to over 50,000 people, taking into account the available budget, other donors' contributions and other factors. Therefore the activities covered by this Decision may be financed in full in accordance with Article 253 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation.

    (7) The present Decision constitutes a financing Decision within the meaning of Article 75 of the Financial Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002(2), Article 90 of the detailed rules for the implementation of the Financial Regulation determined by Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002(3), and Article 15 of the Internal Rules on the Implementation of the general budget of the European Communities(4).

    HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

    Article 1

    1. In accordance with the objectives and general principles of humanitarian aid, the Commission hereby approves a total amount of EUR 700,000 for emergency humanitarian aid Actions to provide the necessary assistance and relief to the local population affected by floods in the Pacific by using budget article 23 02 01 of the 2009 general budget of the European Communities.

    2. In accordance with Article 2(a) of Council Regulation No.1257/96, the humanitarian Actions under this Decision shall be implemented in the pursuance of the following specific objective:

    - To provide multi-sector emergency relief and recovery assistance to victims of floods in Fiji and the Solomon Islands and to victims of tidal waves in Papua New Guinea

    The full amount of this Decision is allocated to this specific objective.

    Article 2

    1. The implementation of humanitarian aid Actions funded by this Decision shall have a maximum duration of 6 months from their starting date.

    2. Expenditure under this Decision shall be eligible from 1 January 2009.

    3. If the Actions envisaged in this Decision are suspended owing to force majeure or comparable circumstances, the period of suspension shall not be taken into account for the calculation of the duration of the humanitarian aid Actions.

    Article 3

    1. The Commission shall implement the budget by direct centralised management or by joint management with international organisations.

    2. Actions supported by this Decision will be implemented either by non-profit-making organisations which fulfil the eligibility and suitability criteria established in Article 7 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/96 or International organisations.

    3. Taking account of the specificities of humanitarian aid, the nature of the activities to be undertaken, the specific location constraints and the level of urgency, the activities covered by this Decision may be financed in full in accordance with Article 253 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation.

    Article 4

    This Decision shall take effect on the date of its adoption.

    Done at Brussels

    For the Commission
    Member of the Commission


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    Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Country: Papua New Guinea

    Firmin Nanol

    A major landslip in the Papua New Guinea highlands has killed seven people, and officials say more could be buried under the debris.

    Official estimates of the death toll had been revised down from an earlier figure of 14 dead.

    The landslide has cut-off the Highlands Highway, which links the region with the coastal ports of the country.

    The landslip in the Eastern Highlands province cut off the highlands highway on Monday this week.

    A second one in the same area in the early hours of Tuesday morning killed seven people and injured seven others.

    Four school girls are among those who were buried alive by mudslides and debris.

    Disaster officials have retrieved some bodies, but more are believed to be trapped under the debris.

    They say water trucks and pumps will be used to clear mud and debris to retrieve bodies.

    Efforts to clear the highway have been hampered by locals who are asking for payment for their land.

    The closure of the road is also affecting businesses, restricting the movement of people in other parts of the highlands region.


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