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Liberia is On the Verge of Take-Off - Says EPA Boss Ahead of High Level Meeting Today

Liberia is On the Verge of Take-Off - Says EPA Boss Ahead of High Level Meeting Today

As Liberia launches the implementation mechanism of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) today, Tuesday, October 18, 2022, the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh says Liberia is on the verge of take-off on the climate change platform.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, October 17, 2022 ahead of the four-day conference to be held at the Paynesville City Hall outside Monrovia, Prof. Tarpeh explained that the launch is meant to showcase what Liberia has done as a country and further plan towards the reduction of Green House or GHG.

It could be recalled that Liberia ratified its NDCs in 2018 before subsequently approving it on March 18, 2021 for onward presentation to President George Manneh Weah, which was done in June of 2021. The document was then forwarded to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in August of the same year.

Accordingly, the EPA boss indicated that the launch of the implementation mechanism is to provide further assurances to the world that the document will be a workable one rather than being ‘on the shelf document.’

“Because this government does not want any document of this kind to sit on the shelves, and because of our critical role as a country in the entire climate change agenda, especially when it comes to carbon circumscription we insisted and developed an implementation mechanism that captures what we want to do step by step. It also tells us how it will be done and who will do what and at what time it will be done,” stated the EPA boss.

The EPA head noted that the Agency is working collaboratively with other government arms and stakeholders working group under the auspices of the Environmental Stakeholders Working Group to ensure the successful implementation of the country’s NDCs.

In furtherance of the many steps taken by the Liberian government, Prof. Tarpeh said the country through funding from the Green Environmental Facility (GEF) was able to develop an Environmental Knowledge System that also supports the country’s effort in the achievement of its NDCs.

Meanwhile, Day One of the planned events will focus on the official launch of the NDC implementation plan and ministerial consultation on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and raise awareness and secure political buy in for the implementation of article 6 mechanisms in Liberia.

Following the high-level ministerial meeting, the event would continue with four-day capacity building activities intended to facilitate the implementation of in-country of Article 6 readiness activities in Liberia, one –day Pre COP27 Preparatory Meeting and a one- day GEF 8 STAR Allocation meeting

The events are expected to galvanize national interests and improve political and institutional preparedness for Article 6 readiness activities in Liberia.

Article 6 of the United Nation 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. During the meeting, a 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 will be provided.

The meetings are also expected to achieved 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, 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 an in-country readiness activities.

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

 

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