Conservation International- Liberia and Environmental Protection Agency to Implement the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency Project in Liberia.
On October 26, 2018, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat approved the implementation of the medium sized project entitled “Building and strengthening Liberia’s national capacity to implement the transparency elements of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Funded through the newly established Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) the project aims to build and strengthen Liberia’s national capacity to implement the transparency elements of the Paris Climate Agreement. The project is among the first set of approved GEF projects currently implemented in West Africa as part of the CBIT after COP22 in Marrakech.
The Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) was established at COP 21 to support developing countries to enhance transparency requirements as defined in Article 13 of the Paris agreement in a timely manner. The CBIT aims to (a) strengthen national institutions for transparency-related activities in line with national priorities; (b) provide relevant tools, training and assistance for meeting the provisions stipulated in Article 13 of the Agreement; and (c) assist in the improvement of transparency over time.
The Liberia’s CBIT was officially launched on 27th February 2019 at Corina Hotel in Monrovia by the Hon. Nathaniel Blama, CEO & Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia. Nearly over forty (40) participants from diverse multi-sectoral stakeholders including government, civil society, private sector and media attended the workshop. Hon. Blama noted that the CBIT pr oject implementation starts at a crucial moment when Liberia is need of strengthening national institutional capacity and reporting mechanisms as a means of moving toward a low carbon and resilient economy.
The project will be co- executed by the Conservation International- Liberia and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with five CBIT hubs established in the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and Ministry of Transport (MoT).
The overall aim of the project is to build Liberia’s institutional and technical capacities to meet the requirements of the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through:
- Strengthen the capacity of national institutions to track NDC implementation and sustain transparency efforts over time
- Provide direct technical support to harmonize land use, agriculture, energy, transport and waste sectors data collection and reporting through training and assistance.
- Integrated Platform for Data Sharing and Policy Making
The proposed actions are in line with national strategies and plans, specifically the Liberia’s Climate Change and Response Strategy and Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contribution