The Royal Norwegian Embassy supports the college for its National Capacity Building programme in Measuring Reporting and Verification (MRV) that is planned to be implemented between 2015 and 2018. The volume of the support is NOK 36.5 million.
On 29 August 2015, the launching programme took place at the college. Participants drawn from government and non-government organizations, academia, research organizations and civic societies attended the launching workshop. The Embassy was also represented by three staff members and the Head of Development Cooperation, Morten Heide.
In his remark, Morten Heide explained why the Embassy made the decision to support this programme. He underscored the need for trained manpower in the area of MRV especially in agriculture, forestry and energy. Among the major issues he raised, the followings were worth noting:
In the Agriculture sector there are proven systems of production where enhancement of productivity while adapting and mitigating of climate change is possible. Such are known as Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The other important sector relevant and decisive in a landscape management is Forestry. The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative is one of the key area of engagement in this regard. Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular consumes biomass energy substantially, which has direct impact on environment. Deforestation because of agriculture expansion and settlement, and degradation because of biomass energy consumption are very much interrelated. Therefore, the Norwegian pledge in Durban 2011 to the three sectors has very good reasons.
To be engaged on CSA, REDD+ and Energy+ initiatives successfully and to report it to the Climate Resilient Green Economy facility registry, reliable and accurate data have to be generated. These data have to be verified by external verifiers and finally reported to the international registry.
Verification of reduced emissions requires skilled labour in the area of MRV. At present, there are limited qualified personnel as well as institutions, which can steer the process (of MRV) in Ethiopia.
Against this background, the Royal Norwegian Embassy decided to support the programme.
This programme is part of the ongoing Institutional collaboration between Hawassa and Mekelle Universities in Ethiopia and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
The program will be highly important to the Government and Non-state actors in developing capacity in the area of MRV on short and long-term basis.
“There is a need for trained manpower in the area of MRV especially in agriculture, forestry and energy" Photo: RNE/SI