Namibia - first developing country to be on track: COP24

18 Dec 2018 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia is the first developing country to submit its Biennial Update Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta announced this here on Tuesday, explaining that the report details Namibia’s level of national emissions and efforts to reduce such emissions.
He made the announcement at a media conference on the outcome of the 24th session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) to the UNFCCC that took place from 02 to 14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
COP24 aimed to finalise the implementation plan for the 2015 Climate Change Accord signed in Paris, France.
“Namibia has made it again this year at COP24 for being the first developing country to be well on track as it has submitted and presented its third Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC,” Shifeta said.
At the same event, the Environment Investment Fund of Namibia signed a Funded Activity Agreement worth N.dollars 140 million with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to support climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in the Kunene Region.
Currently, Namibia is in the process of implementing a N.dollars 60 million project, funded by the Adaptation Fund, for desalinated underground water in Bethanie and Grünau in the //Kharas Region.
The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC to provide financial resources for concrete climate adaptation and resilience projects in vulnerable countries.
Namibia also requested the GCF for a grant of N.dollars 5 million in order to lay down an economy-wide national adaptation plan.
This grant will allow Namibia to strengthen adaptation of climate change projects as well as aid the country to become a climate neutral economy by 2030, Shifeta added.
COP25 will take place in Chile towards the end of 2019.