The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Approves Gambia’s Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) program

  • July 4, 2020
  • Posted by: ajamah

On July 1, 2020, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved Gambia’s mid-sized program on the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) for “Strengthening Capacity of Institutions in the Gambia to Meet the Transparency Requirements of the Paris Agreement.”

This project was approved with Conservation International (CI) as the Implementing Agency while Gambia’s Ministry of Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resources, and CI’s Vital Signs program as executing entities.  The next step is preparation of the full project documents for the GEF before greenlight for actual implementation can be secured; this process might take at least 12 months. CI has portfolio of 10 other ongoing and finalized GEF CBIT projects in Africa.

This project will strengthen capacity of national institutions to manage the National Green House Gas Inventory (GHGI) and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system to improve transparency over time. It will also strengthen capacity of key stakeholders in the Gambia on GHG data management for the GHGI and MRV system, and develop an integrated knowledge management platform for sharing transparency activities.The Paris Agreement on climate change prescribes transformative climate action to cut emissions, promote clean energy, build climate resilience, and catalyze climate action investments. The Agreement’s backbone is transparency and accountability on the steps countries are taking toward these goals.

According to the United Nations Statistics Division’s 2019 analysis, Gambia needs to strengthen its coordination framework, and institutional engagements in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions data collection, management and monitoring. Environmental data access and application in the country are affected by lack of coordination in data collection, especially between departments and specialized institutions, low awareness among communities on environmental issues, and inadequate training of field workers.

For more information, email Dr. Peter Alele Map:©Encyclopaedia Britannica 


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