EPA Hosts 5-Day Climate Change Seminar in Monrovia

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Some of the participants at the opening program yesterday

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a five-day (Dec.11-15) National Capacity Building workshop on climate change at a resort in Paynesville, Monrovia.

The seminar is about the preparation of Liberia’s first Biannual Update Report-1 (BUR-1).  Participants are drawn from the University of Liberia (UL), United Methodist University (UMU), Ministry of Health, TOTAL, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the EPA.

Dr. Charles Asumana, Sr., national project coordinator, at yesterday’s opening session said the objective is to prepare and submit the BUR-1 to fulfill Liberia’s obligation to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

He said the project falls under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) support for convention-related reporting and assessment, and is implemented on an agreed full cost basis requiring only in-kind contribution by GEF-eligible countries.

He named government the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) and Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) as government entitties where data will be collected to support the work. “We are building climate change future, and by 2019, we will have to submit our BUR to the UNFCCC,” Dr. Asumana said.

According to Dr. Asumana, the main components of the project are information on national circumstances and institutional arrangement; national inventory of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) for the year 2015; information on mitigation actions and their effects; constraints and gaps; and related financial, technical and capacity needs, including support received for preparation and submission of the biennial update report.

Others are domestic measurements, reporting and verification and any other information relevant to the convention.

He said the Government of Liberia intends to prepare and submit its first BUR to the UNFCCC secretariat by February 2019.

Dr. Asumana addressed the participants on the CGE handbook on building sustainable national GHG inventory management systems; methods and date documentation; description of assurance and quality control procedures; description of an archiving system; and key category analysis.

Ben Karmorh, Jr., coordinator on climate change, informed the participants that the workshop is to equip them on climate change in greenhouse gas inventory, adding that Liberia, as a party to the UNFCCC, is required to report on the greenhouse gas inventory.

“Climate change is a major threat to our environment. In Liberia, our climate has rainy and dry seasons but sometimes the country experiences less or low rainfall and increases in temperature. Liberia is experiencing some of the consequences of climate change in weather patterns and therefore we must make the effort to battle the threat,”  said Karmorh.

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