Namibia first to submit BUR at COP 20

05 Dec 2014 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia is the first developing country to submit a mitigation measures’ document or ‘biennial update report’ (BUR) during the climate change conference in Peru.
The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP10) to the Kyoto Protocol, is currently taking place in Lima, Peru.
It started on Monday, and ends on 12 December.
A media statement issued by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on its website on Friday said the report provides a summary of Namibia’s actions to implement the Convention, including actions taken to mitigate climate change and its effects.
“This is clear testimony to the fact that developing countries are acting to mitigate climate change, and are transparently contributing to fully implementing the climate change convention.
It is also clear testimony to increasing cooperation among nations,” it noted.
Biennial update reports are an integral step towards the implementation of the framework for developing countries’ measurement, reporting and verification to enhance the transparency of mitigation actions, their effects and the support received.
The report also includes information on Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Additionally, the report spells out financial, technological and capacity-building needs and support received.
The UNFCCC added that further BURs are expected soon, in line with agreed timelines, which is the result of a mandate from the UN Climate Change Conference held in Cancun in 2011.
Recognising the serious threat posed by climate change, and in order to safeguard the livelihoods of the population dependent on rain-fed agriculture, the Namibian government ratified the UNFCCC in 1995, and acceded to its Kyoto Protocol in 2003 as a Non-Annex I (NAI) country.
This provides an international framework for adopting and implementing policies and measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, and to adapt to such changes.
As a party to the UNFCCC, Namibia is carrying out a wide range of activities to fulfil its commitment. Among them is the submission of the Initial National Communication (INC) in 2002 with a national GHG inventory, which used 1994 as a base year; the top-up (2003) and public education and awareness (2005) moves; and the Second National Communication (2011), which used 2000 as a base year, as mandated by Articles 4 and 12 of the Convention.