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04 October 2012

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That report would make sense if PNG is like Australia, where almost everyone has access to water and electricity provided for by the government.

With over 75% of PNGeans still leaving in rural areas while maintaining a livelihood from the land - having bigger families increases the adaptive capacity of those families to impacts of climate change.

Smaller families trying to survive in this rural economy will struggle because they have to put in more effort to achieve an outcome similar to the family with many children.

This sounds counter intuitive and but unless you have any experience being part of a rural community, you will see what I am saying.

The bigger the family, the more people who can diversify their efforts in supporting the family especially in terms of looking for food as well as any other assistance.

Having more people in the family is advantageous when it comes to family projects like building house and canoes to withstand the impacts of climate change.

More people means the family can easily defend their land and even resources from others since these resources are becoming scarce.

The chances of a family member getting a job in town is also increased in big families and the other family members benefit from cash remittance.

For rural communities, being able to adapt to climate change seems to be with families with bigger numbers.

I would like to critique that report, could PNG ATTITUDE make the full article available please. I have had no luck finding it on line.

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