EPA, UNDP Host Technical Training On Rio Conventions
In other to structure the technical working groups for the four Rio Conventions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have completed a four-day Cross-Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) training in Ganta, Nimba County on legislative responses and amendments.
The CCCD is a Rio Mainstreaming project implemented by the EPA in collaboration with the UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).The goal of the CCCD project is for Liberia to make better decisions to meet and sustain global environmental obligations.
This requires the country to have the capacity to coordinate efforts, as well as best practices for integrating global environmental priorities into planning, decision-making, and reporting processes.
The three Rio Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification derive directly from the 1992 Earth Summit.
The four-day training was held under the theme: “Identifying Best Practices to Mainstream Rio.”
Mr. Aaron Wesseh, CCCD Project Manager, said the training also seeks to identify and select environmental development best practices that are to be piloted through the use of the Environmental Knowledge Management System (EKMS) for a high value sertorial development plan.
Wesseh stated that the training was also intended to strengthen the knowledge, technologies, practices, and efforts of government entities, NGOs and local communities related to addressing and responding to climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management to facilitate the exchange of experience and the sharing of best practices and lessons related to mitigation.
The EPA official explained that technical working groups for each of the three Rio Conventions would be structured, trained on legislative response and amendments during the course of the training.
He indicated that at the end of the training, stakeholders will get to understand the benefits of domesticating the Rio Conventions, while environmental development that are to be piloted through the use of the EKMS for a high value sertorial development plan would also be identified.
EPA Executive Director, Dr. Nathaniel T. Blama, thanked participants for honoring the invitation to attend the training on the Rio Conventions.
He assured that the presentations will be insightful and urged participants to engage fully in the discussions to ensure that the training meet its objectives.