PAPUA New Guinea’s unique biodiversity and ExxonMobil’s good environment and social practices were on show at the International Association for Impact Assessment in Brisbane.
A group of 26 from Exxon Mobil’s environment, biodiversity and social teams attended the event including biodiversity adviser Anita Mosby.
She discussed how the PNG LNG project developed a national content policy which enables capacity building of Papua New Guineans to manage environment and social impacts from project activities.
“Good environmental practices stem from maintaining local technical capacity,” Mobsy said as part of her presentation. “Many successes of the project are due to our local workforce who understand the environmental, social and cultural sensitivities in the country.
“When you have Papua New Guineans taking ownership of the environmental practices you’re developing or implementing, it’s the environment that benefits.” Mobsy was joined by seven people who shared their expertise, knowledge and commitment to preserving PNG’s unique environment and biodiversity.
Winnie Schubert, safety, health and environment manager at ExxonMobil PNG, said the team acted as ambassadors not only for the PNG LNG Project, but the country as well, championing thought-provoking tactics for protecting PNG’s rich environment.
“A lot of people still don’t know about PNG and its unique biodiversity. It was rewarding to see our team take their knowledge and expertise and turn it into practical recommendations.”