COP28 Side event on Reporting Nepal’s Mitigation Efforts: Road to Net-Zero Emission

Posted on 05 December 2023

5th December 2023, Dubai: Ministry of Forests and Environment together with GEF and WWF organized a side event on Reporting Nepal’s Mitigation Efforts: Road to Net-Zero Emission at Nepal pavilion, UAE. In the event, Hon. Dr. Birendra Prasad Mahato, Minister, Ministry of Forests and Environment shared the Nepal’s statement on Nepal’s mitigation effort and report communication internationally. He highlighted the targets included on the Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The NDCs are an activities-based and policy target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from key sectors such as energy (Transport, energy generation, and e-cooking), agriculture, forestry and land use, and waste.

“Despite Nepal’s efforts to mitigate climate change, some pressing challenges in reporting remain. Being a developing country, one of the key challenges is the need for more financial resources to invest in sizable mitigation measures and strengthening capacity in its reporting”, he added.
Followed by the remarks, a panel discussion was facilitated by Dr. Shiva Khanal, Under Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment.

In the panel discussion, Mr. Nawaraj Dhakal, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre emphasized the need of harnessing renewable energy to boost local economy and to contribute on trade imbalance. He further focused on the need of managing data on mitigation efforts and GHGs inventory for which capacity building is a key.

Reshabh Jain, Senior Program, CEEW talked on private sector role in mitigation specially in RE to the national grid.

Esteban Bermudez Forn, Climate Change Specialist, GEF briefly shared on how GEF has supported the countries on climate actions. GEF is supporting developing countries on the technical capacity building on NDC tracking and transparency related requirements of the Paris Agreement.

Addressing the panel Suzanne Lekoyiet- Program officer-UNEP said, “The project like CBIT, BUR/BTR is not only a project of GEF but most importantly, it is a project of Nepal. Timely reporting and communication under enhanced transparency framework (ETF) not only help to strengthen countries’ adaptation and mitigation action, but it also equally contributes to transparency and accountability in their action.”