Stakeholders Brainstorm On Technologies For Coastal Erosion, Energy Sectors

The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Danish Technical University (DTU) on Monday, April 1, 2019 concluded a one-day national stakeholder engagement workshop in Sinkor on the identification and prioritization of technologies within the agriculture, energy and coastal erosion sectors of Liberia.

The workshop brought together representatives of key government’s ministries and agencies.

It is provided for under the third round of the Technology Needs Assessment Project (TNA) organized by the UNEP and the DTU.

The third round of the Technology Needs Assessment Project (TNA) was organized to assist participating countries in determining their technology priorities regarding mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The TNA process originated from the Poznan Strategic Program on Technology Transfer established at the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the aim to scale up investment in technology transfer.

The process has three steps and Liberia is currently at the first step, which is Identification and Prioritization of Technologies.

EPA Chief Technical Advisor, Levi Z. Piah said TNA supports national sustainable development, builds national capacity and facilitates the implementation of prioritized climate technologies.

He told the opening session of the workshop that understanding climate technology needs is the starting point for effective action on climate change.

Mr. Piah indicated that by understanding these needs, Liberia can determine how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

He noted that TNA process can be perceived as a set of country-driven, participatory activities leading to the identification, selection, and implementation of environmentally sound technologies in decreasing emissions or decrease the vulnerability to climate change.

Mr. Piah believes it should not be conducted in isolation but rather integrated with other similar ongoing processes with the aim to support national sustainable development.


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