The virgin forest of the Gera block of the Belete – Gera forest blocks under the Oromia Forested Landscape carbon Finance program. 
Photo: RNE/Lulu Likassa.The virgin forest of the Gera block of the Belete – Gera forest blocks under the Oromia Forested Landscape carbon Finance program. Photo: RNE/Lulu Likassa

Climate on the Agenda when Ato Newai Gebre-ab Visited Norway

Last updated: 12.11.2015 // The Prime Minister’s economic advisor and the executive director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), Ato Newai Gebre-ab, visited Norway last month. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen Ethio-Norwegian relations, identify Norwegian research partners, and explore the possibilities for increased investments in Ethiopia’s green development.

While in Norway, the Ethiopian delegation met with Minister of Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft, State Secretaries Lars Andreas Lunde and Morten Høglund, as well as representatives from Norwegian private sector and research communities, amongst others.

In a meeting between the Ethiopian delegation and Tine Sundtoft, Sundtoft commended Ethiopia’s INDC’s (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) to the UNFCCC, that explains how the country will restrict emissions to 2010 level at the same time as reaching middle income status by 2025. Ethiopia has encountered climate change before other countries, and this is one of the main reasons for the ambitious climate policies, explained Ato Newai. Furthermore, he expressed that Ethiopia wish for closer cooperation with Norway in terms of attracting serious and transparent investors. Research cooperation was also important because the ambitious climate goals, and the means of implementation, had to be knowledge based.

Ethiopia is a key partner for Norway in the UNFCCC climate negotiations, and both nations agreed upon the importance of market based mechanisms to cope with climate change. Norway aims for ambitious targets in terms of climate finance, which will include both flexibility and the principal of differentiation. At the same time, State Secretary Morten Høglund underlined that all countries must contribute with what they can – like Ethiopia is currently doing.

Overall, it was a very successful visit with several interesting meetings. Both the Ethiopian delegation and Norwegian partners were satisfied, and the Ethio-Norwegian climate partnership continues to be strengthened.

Follow this link to the NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Science) website, to read their sum up of the visit.

http://www.nmbu.no/en/about-nmbu/faculties/samvit/departments/noragric/news/node/24680


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