Selasa, 11 September 2012


A RESEARCH by the World Bank and collaborated by other studies in Ghana, estimates that the country would need nearly USD314.1million and USD 420million by 2020 and 2050 respectively to execute its mitigation measures. The country will also need between USD$300 and USD$400 per annum to meet  the expected costs.

The country is, therefore, challenged by its firm resolve to pursue policies to integrate climate change into its national development processes, the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Madam Sherry Ayitey has said.

She made this known in a speech read on her behalf  at the opening ceremony of a five-day hands-on training workshop for the African Region on Climate Change Mitigation Assessment organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Accra.

The workshop brought together representatives from 30 African countries including Ghana, Gabon, Togo, Nigeria, Egypt, Madagascar, Uganda, and Rwanda.

It sought to provide technical advice, support and enhance the capacity of developing countries to use software to prepare their national communications systems.

Madam Ayitey, however, said  Ghana had taken very important steps both at the national and international levels to translate its commitments into concrete actions.

She said in pursuing the commitment, Ghana was currently finalising its national climate change policy, which was expected to provide a broad vision for addressing climate change consistent with its medium-term development plan.

The low carbon development component of the national climate change policy provides specific policy statements on Ghana’s aspiration to align itself to low carbon development pathway.

Furthermore, Ghana has responded to the United Nations’ declaration for “Sustainable Energy for All by 2030”, by preparing a national action plan on sustainable energy for 2030.

That, she said, would help to provide a concrete road map for ensuring greater access to clean energy and improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.

Mrs Ayitey, however, expressed optimism that participants would be able to use the skills they acquired at the workshop to influence and design appropriate policies and measures for economic development in their various countries.

In his address, the acting Executive Director of the EPA, Mr Daniel S. Amlalo, lauded the commitment of the government  to pursue a climate-compatible economy while achieving sustainable development and equitable low carbon economic growth.

“Not only does our commitment to pursue this vision signify the priority of climate change to the government; it also demonstrates our resolution to contribute to the global efforts to combat climate change,” he added.

He appealed to the participants  to make efforts to derive the best out of the workshop in order to ensure that accurate analysis on climate change mitigation is made reliable, defensible, robust and useful for policy and implementation.

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