Harare – A US$5.7 million project to boost the capacity of four COMESA states to combat climate change has been approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The project’s objective is to boost the capacity of the Comoros, Eritrea, Seychelles and Zambia to effectively track and report their progress in tackling climate change, in line with their commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
The package includes a US$4.2 million grant from the GEF and US$1.54 million form co-financing partners.
According to COMESA, the five-year Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) project will enable the countries to comply with the Paris Agreement’s enhanced transparency framework (Article 13). The framework specifies how parties to the agreement must report on progress in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, and support provided or received in capacity building, climate finance, and technology.
“The four project countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This CBIT project will help them transition towards a more climate-resilient and low-carbon pathway through strengthening the country’s institutional and technical capacity to track and report their climate action,” said Ms Edith Tibahwa, climate change programme manager at COMESA.
The project will establish an Eastern and Southern Africa Regional CBIT transparency framework for monitoring, reporting and verification of climate actions; report on country climate commitments or nationally determined contributions; and knowledge dissemination on transparency-related activities.
The project is managed by non-profit Conservation International, a GEF Implementing Agency, in partnership with COMESA, the Governments of the four COMESA Member states, the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development.