ACCRA– Ghana has adopted re-afforestation as one of the main activities for the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce carbon emissions.

To this end, a number of young people are being engaged by the government to grow trees in most parts of the country, says Peter Abum Sarkodie, the Executive Director of Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The NDCs, which are at the heart of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, represent efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. They also set out the actions that countries must plan and undertake to achieve the agreement’s objectives, which are focused on limiting the rise in average global temperatures to below two degree Celsius, and ideally, to 1.5 degree Celsius.

Sarkodie, addressing the media here Wednesday on the outcomes of the 23rd Session of the United Nations climate change conference held in November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, said negotiations on ways of achieving ambitious emission reduction targets represented the core objective of the Bonn conference.

Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, and climate change experts, negotiators and other Government officials represented Ghana at the Bonn meeting.

Sarkodie, who was also in the delegation, said the Bonn conference, among other things, also sought to implement the call for climate change action adopted by the parties during the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2016.

On the outcomes of COP23 in Bonn, he said the 192 country parties to the agreement approved the taking into consideration the special circumstance of all developing countries in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The Parties also agreed to implement the NDCs and enhance South-South co-operation purposefully to share experiences and best practices and called for the strengthening of the Warsaw International mechanism on loss and damage.

The African Group of Negotiators expressed concern about the lack of pre-2020 action, noting that, only eight per cent of country parties had ratified the Doha amendment to the Climate Change agreement.



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