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For Development Of M&E, EPA Holds Inception Forum

For Development Of M&E, EPA Holds Inception Forum

In an effort to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning system, the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) at the weekend held a day-long inception workshop in Monrovia.

EPA is the principle authority for implementing the national environmental policy and sustainable management law for the protection of natural resources in Liberia.

As a commitment to the environment, the Government of Liberia established the EPA in 2003 under the EPA Act. The Agency became a fully functioning entity in 2006 with a board of directors and Policy Council. As the lead government environment protection Agency, the EPA has been charged with the executive authority over all environmental activities and programs relating to environmental management in Liberia.

The one-day brainstorming forum brought together several line ministries and agencies of the Liberian government and representatives from the private sector.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Mr. Arthur R.M. Becker, Project Officer in the Department of Multilateral Environmental Agreement at the EPA, asserted that the forum was intended for the Agency and partners to discuss way forward for the country to gravitate towards the establishment of a framework that will measure, evaluate and create a learning system to track issues relative to the country’s National Determined Contributions (NDCs).

It could be recalled that Liberia submitted its updated version of its NDCs, which added for new sectors including health as a result of the “One Health Policy.”

According to Mr. Becker, the meeting was also intended to determine the roles and responsibilities of line ministries and agencies as well as private sector in infusing ingredients that will push the country from a document stage to a tracking system required.

“EPA is creating a system in which it will march agreements against possibilities, and we are having this together along with institutions that play role when it comes to vulnerability of adaptation,” added Becker.

 

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