19 November 2012

Liberia: EPA Boss - Climate Change Is Nat'l, Global Issue

The Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says Climate Change is a national and global issue and not a government issue. According to Madam Anyaa Vohiri, Climate Change must be part of the planning process for development here.

The EPA boss made these comments over the weekend at a one-day climate change negotiators and policymakers dialogue agenda held at the St. Teresa Convent High School in Monrovia. The dialogue was a National Preparatory Workshop for Liberia's Delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar.

The Workshop was meant to prepare the country's delegation on negotiation skills to this year's Climate change Conference that will lead to the formulation of the country's position on issues pending deliberations at the Conference.

The forum was also intended to acquaint the delegation with the negotiation process of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), climate change vulnerabilities and the national response, the contributions of donors to national effort in combating climate change, the position of the African and Least Developed Countries, amongst others.

Speaking further, Madam Vohiri said from this meeting in Doha, Liberia will be able to access support to fight Climate Change here. "This meeting is important, because from here, we will find a common position of Liberia to take to the Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar," said the EPA boss. She noted that Liberia will join 194 countries at this year's Doha Conference.

Madam Vohiri pointed out that technology transfer, capacity building will outstanding issues to be discussed at the conference. For his part, Mr. Ben Karmorh, Liberia's Lead Climate Change Negotiator, said the workshop was important because every discussion there will represent the country's position at the conference.

He said the EPA has been working with the various line ministries and agencies concern in ensuring that Liberia takes a good position to the conference.

Meanwhile, the workshop, which drew participants from various government ministries, agencies, international environmental NGOs, academia institutions and civil society, was supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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