Ethiopia Gets Additional Funding for Climate Projects

11 Nov 2013

imageSimien Mountains National Park is one of the protected areas supported by UNDP using GEF funding

A 7.6 million USD grant for two United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led initiatives in Ethiopia, focusing on conserving biodiversity and promoting alternative sources of energy, has been approved by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) council.

The projects focus on Mainstreaming Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation in the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy and Promoting Sustainable Rural Energy Technologies for Households and Productive Use.

“These projects will enhance Ethiopia’s ability to build greater resilience and successfully adapt its sustainable development and poverty alleviation pathways to a changing climate”, said Samuel Bwalya, Country Director of UNDP Ethiopia underlining the importance of these new initiatives.

Implementation of the Mainstreaming Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation in the Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy project will be done through piloting the “polluter pays” principle and collecting payments for biodiversity conservation in selected sites by the Ministry of Environment and Forest and its regional bureaus as well as the universities in Dilla, Wollega and Arba Minch. This approach will help put in place safeguards to ensure biodiversity is protected amidst the flurry of rapid economic growth and development.

The Promoting Sustainable Rural Energy Technologies for Households and Productive Use project will encourage investments in small-scale renewable energy technologies and strive to create a 2 megawatt power increase from solar power and introduce at minimum 100,000 cook stoves. The execution of this project is expected to contribute to strengthening the regulatory and legal framework on rural energy in Ethiopia and support designing a sustainable financial mechanism for renewable energy technologies.

Through GEF funding, UNDP’s intervention has expanded in the past few years in the areas of sustainable development of protected areas management, coping with drought and climate change, strengthening autonomous community adaptation and biodiversity conservation support.

The approval was made during the GEF council meeting on 7th of November 2013for GEF Funded projects.