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EPA Launches Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contributions On Climate Change

The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency has begun a two day of High-Level Meetings on Liberia’s Revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its implementation, of Article 6 of the Paris Aationsnt and the Star Allocation of the Global Environment.

Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) seeks to reduce the impact of climate change by enabling society to be a part of the solution.

Education and training are fundamental in enabling citizens’ contributions to local and global efforts to meet the climate change challenge.

At the start of the meeting, a documentary summary of the outcome of the 26th Conference of the Parties or COP 26 in Glasgow, an overview of the UNFCCC Article 6 market mechanism as well the as country’s obligations were displayed and discussed.

Day one of the meeting witnessed the following including the development of a framework mechanism for the constitution and launch of a working group on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Liberia, the development of a draft outline for national Article 6 strategy, articulation of an approach for Article 6 donor and activities mapping in Liberia and the development of a draft road map for the implementation of in-country readiness activities.

Through Article 6, countries can host internationally transferred mitigation outcomes activities and authorized for transfer, and mitigation outcomes.

Article 6 enables two new carbon market mechanisms aimed at closing the void after the expiration of the Kyoto regime.

However, West African countries need technical capacities to implement Article 6 if they want to leverage associated opportunities.

President George M. Weah made a repeated call to the country’s donor partners and the international community to support the country’s ambitious climate agenda, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

He further called on the partners to work with relevant NDC sectors to exert their best efforts to mobilize the necessary climate finance needed to implement the country’s NDC-related projects; while pledging his government’s commitment to its full implementation.

President Weah’s statements were encompassed in a speech delivered on his behalf by Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah at the official launch of the NDC Implementation Plan at the Paynesville City Hall outside Monrovia.

The Liberian leader stressed the urgent need for concrete steps towards achieving the goals laid down in the NDCs, because according to him, no country today, including Liberia, is immune from the increasingly devastating effects of climate change.

“You will all be aware that Liberia continues to experience the adverse consequences of this phenomenon, which is characterized by disruption in the agriculture sector, an increase in coastal erosion, and perennial flooding in various urban communities”, The President said.

Persisting, he said, “This situation is of grave concern to my Government because even though we are one of the least emitters, we continue to suffer disproportionate devastation in some of our most important sectors, such as fisheries, forestry, and energy”.

Liberia’s ambitious revised NDC, as trumpeted by President Weah during his address at the United Nations General Assembly last September, is intended to reduce its Green House Emission by 64 percent by 2030.

The NDC takes into consideration nine climate-sensitive sectors of the country. They include Agriculture, Forestry, Coastal Zones, Fisheries, Health, Transport, Industry, Energy, and Waste as well as cross-cutting targets for urban green corridors.

The Government says to successfully implement the NDC over its projected two-year time frame, it needs more than US$400 million.

The revision is in line with the Paris Agreement which mandates countries that are parties to revise or update their NDC every five years.

The President noted that the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government immediately upon its assumption of office in 2018 was a demonstration of the government’s highest political commitment to ensure that Liberia is among the comity of nations working together in addressing climate change, with focus on mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, gender, capacity building, and, more importantly, predictable and sustained finance.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the EPA, Prof. Wilson Tarpeh, praised the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the leadership of President Weah for the “tremendous strides” in the implementation of the different climate change processes, especially as it relates to the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the drafting and revision of the country’s NDC.

With the launch of the IP, Prof. Tarpeh noted that the EPA and relevant stakeholders will be able to quantify the different programs and progress made along the way.

Liberia’s Revised NDC was driven nationally with the recruitment of an NDC Coordinator who coordinated all activities with the partners and reported thru several international channels informing the global community of the progress being made with the revision process, he said.

Despite the disruption by COVID-19, he noted that the country was able to complete and submit an ambitious NDC in terms of reducing emissions by 64% below the projected ‘business as Usual’ by 2030 on basis of conditionality and non-conditionality.

The event was attended by over 400 people including pro-environmental institutions and organizations, foreign embassies, civil society, and students.

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