AS THE city of Port Moresby expands, settlements in and around the city are expanding rapidly and coming under increasing pressure.
Some settlements have been demolished and settlers evicted and there is now a critical need for the government to develop a clear strategy to address urban settlements throughout Papua New Guinea.
Just a week ago, several thousand families living in Morata, one of Port Moresby’s oldest settlements, were forcefully evicted and their homes bulldozed. Many of these people are now homeless and get by each day sheltering in makeshifts tents.
This has created anxiety among city residents, especially those living in settlements. So far UN Habitat and the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) have collaborated in developing a national strategy on settlement upgrading.