The workshop, which ran from 10 to 11 September 2020, was aimed at revising Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Speaking on behalf of EPA’s Acting Executive Director, Mr. Randall M. Dobabou II, the Manager of Planning and Policy, Mr. Z. Elijah Whapoe, said the training was to increase the understanding of national technicians on the proposed NDC sectors under revision. Whapoe further said that the training was to solicit inputs from sector experts to facilitate the NDC revision process. He added that the training will develop a roadmap for technical engagement among sector experts.
Also speaking at the opening of the ceremony, NDC Revision Coordinator, Mr. John Kannah, said the revision process is based on a desk review of the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted by the country in 2015, followed by the collection of data to update the various NDC sectors. According to the coordinator, this revision, which outlines the country’s intended actions to reduce emissions, is in support of global initiatives to combat climate change.
Kannah pointed out that the NDC identifies four mitigation scenarios which, when combined, will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10 percent in 2030.
He disclosed that the NDC is a product of the Paris Agreement which mandates all Parties to the UNFCCC to scale up their national climate efforts once every five years. The country is expected to submit its revised NDC in 2020, exactly five years after its first submission, consistent with the 2016 Climate Agreement in Paris. He mentioned that the workshop provided a unique opportunity to engage a broader group of stakeholders in the NDC process and increase ownership of national and sectoral climate commitment. Liberia became a member of the NDC Partnership in 2018 when the Secretariat accepted EPA’s request for membership in 2018 at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.