The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR), Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA), American International University West Africa (AIUWA) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as part of the process in the development and implementation of the Paris Agreement Long Term Strategies (LTS).
The signing ceremony was held at Halahin Eco Lodge in Kartong. The event was attended by DPS Mrs Juldeh Ceesay from the Ministry of Finance and DPS Ebrima Jawara from the Ministry of Environment including senior government officials from both the Ministries.
To put the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement into practice, countries are invited to formulate and communicate “long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategies” (LT-LEDS), also referred to as Long Term Strategies (LTS). These are visionary plans for achieving low-carbon, climate-resilient societies out to 2050.
As part of the process in the development and implementation of the LTS, the American International University West Africa was identified to be the focal point for building and strengthening long-term capacity building in the country, transferring knowledge on the foundations of the LTS, modelling outputs, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the LTS, among others.
Momodou Mbye Jabang, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) said academia, policymakers, think-tank institutions must join forces in the path towards tackling the emerging effects of climate change.
He highlighted that climate change presents global challenges and risks to the environment and economies, impacting human health, increasing extreme weather events, threatening natural resources and triggering forced migration on population.
PS Jabang stated that international efforts are necessary to ensure the protection of humankind on our planet and to limit the increasing global temperatures, adding that to achieve the 2050 target measurable progress must be made in the near term to establish a projection of reduction needed mid-term targets including commitments to 2030.
The LTS is being coordinated and implemented by DPS Ebrima Jawara from the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources.