26 October 2006

Angola: Kyoto Protocol to Contribute to Natural Resources

Luanda — The implementation of the Kyoto Protocol might contribute to the recovery of the country's forest resources and gas, said Thursday in Luanda the national director of the Ministry of Urbanisation and Environment (MINUA), Soky Kuedikuenda.

Speaking to Angop, the source said the project will help with the recovery of the gas that is burnt, through developing it to increment consumption and improve the populations' living.

He stressed that the project comprises three mechanisms of flexibilisation, with stress to the Clean Development, responsible for obtaining carbon credits for developing countries towards the implementation of projects, reducing their emissions.

Soky Kuedikuenda said that with the implementation of this project, Angola will earn an national authority that will function as a government agency responsible for evaluating projects within the framework of the Clea Development Mechanism.

Angola is, since May 2000, part of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a protocol awaiting National Assembly's ratification.

The workshop closing Thursday, is going jointly under the ministries of Urbanisation and Environment, Industry and Oil, on World Bank Support.

It is being attended by senior officials from various ministries, representatives of the provincial governments of Luanda, Cabinda, Zaire and Kwanza-Sul, and executives of large firms and national banks.

The three days event is discussing such topics as opportunities of Mechanism of Clean Development (CDM), gas burn reduction, importance of the Kyoto protocol, characterisation of the protocol statute and ratification in Angola and others.

The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Countries that ratify this protocol commit to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases, or engage in emissions trading if they maintain or increase emissions of these gases.

The Kyoto Protocol now covers more than 160 countries globally and over 55% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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