Ethiopia and UNDP here on Thursday signed a grant agreement for the implementation of projects under the African Adaptation Program amounting to 6.5 million USD.
According to the agreement, the financial assistance is channeled from the government of Japan basically to establish an integrated program approach to Ethiopia’s management of Climatic Change Risks, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities.
The major expected results of the project entitled “African Adaptation Program” include, among others, dynamic, long-term planning mechanisms to manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change, leadership capacities and institutional frameworks to manage climate change risks and implementing climate-resilient policies and measures implemented in priority sectors.
The project will be implemented by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) with the participation of UNDP, UNICEF and WFP. The implementation period of the project is three years.
Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) State Minister, Ahmed Shide, Environmental Protection Authority Deputy Director Genera (EPA) Dessalegn Mesfin and Resident Representative of UNDP and UN Resident Coordinator, Samuel Nyambi signed the agreement.
Representatives of UNICEF and WFP were present on the occasion.
Ahmed on the occasion said Ethiopia is playing a leading role representing Africa to address climate issues.
The minister said this makes the program timely and pertinent as it aims to establish an integrated program approach to Ethiopia’s management of climatic change risks, vulnerabilities and opportunities.
He said the fund will be instrumental to enhance coordination among different government implementing partners in areas of adaptation and mitigation of climatic change and global warming and thus bring efficiency in resource utilization.
Ahmed lauded activities of the government of Japan and UNDP to support Ethiopia in its ongoing efforts to achieve its national goals and MDGs.
Nyambi on the occasion said the program aims to mitigate impacts of climate change and speed up development.
The UNDP would help Ethiopia to design policy, action plan, finance and capacity building to cope the impacts of climate change.