The Environmental Protection Agency and other government line Ministries and Agencies Tuesday, November 19, 2019 signed a Memorandum of understanding to help strengthen national capacity to report progress on the green house emulsion to the United Nations framework convention on climate change.
The initiative which is a partnership endeavor will also help render technical assistance to the beneficiaries in the hub, said Mr. Blama.
The project is under the Capacity Building Initiative and Transparency (CBIT)
Speaking during the signing ceremony the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Nathaniel Blama said data collection process have not been synchronized in the sector and noted it is about time for them to have total ownership for the betterment of the Country.
The EPA boss said in the past consultants were hired to conduct data for their respective institutions noting that it is time to do it the institution’s way by taking total ownership of the process.
He said large stakeholder’s participation in national ownership and transparency in the reporting process is pivotal to the sector.
Liberia, the EPA boss noted has completed its national forest inventory framework as such it now positioned the Country in a better place where the carbon, it has, can be used as a means of trade to the global scene for the betterment of the nation and its people.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony was the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority C. Mike Doryen who noted that the initiative is a step in the right direction but was quick to mention that more needs to be done to ensure that they double up without any doubt for the children to enjoy a good and healthy life.
“It will help reduce the unnecessary conditionality and will as well widen the gap between the rich and the poor nations”, he noted.
At the same time Vice President of the University of Liberia Associate Professor Weade Kobbah Wureh Boiley expressed joy for the initiative.
She promised and committed the UL’s cooperation to fully implement the MOU.
According to her research is cardinal and will help informed public policy noting that the University of Liberia is willing and prepare to work in said direction.
“We are happy to lease with the EPA because part of our cardinal responsibilities is research”, she added.
The initiative will now ensure that the University package a repository of data collected on greenhouse gas emulsion, the Liberian Educator, stressed.
According to her the UL believes strongly that research which has been left out for a period when fully done, will help improved public policy decisions.
“We are happy that the link has been established and that the EPA has realized the role the University has to play in enhancing its work.
“We stand ready to cooperate with the EPA and other institutions to ensure we implement the MOU to the core, assured the UL’s VPA.
As part of the MOU, the EPA turned over equipment as well as technical assistance to the University of Liberia, The Ministry of Agriculture, Monrovia City Corporation, the Ministry of Transport and the Forestry Development Authority among others to be used by the hubs/beneficiaries.