To support the official launch of Mozambique’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), the NDC Partnership co-hosted a side event at COP26 on 1 November 2021.
Together with high-level government representatives such as the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Vice Minister for Land and Environment, and the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario acknowledged the value of data to ensure policy effectiveness and thanked ICAT for its support.
As a guest speaker, ICAT Director Dr. Henning Wuester, acknowledged the great progress made by Mozambique in developing an institutional framework and related capacity for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV).
As part of the ICAT project, Mozambique conducted an in-depth assessment of renewable energy policies – in particular, an assessment of sustainable charcoal production, examining the full value chain – and policies to reduce deforestation. The results of both assessments supported the NDC update.
The assessment involved not only looking at impacts on GHG levels, but also examining the sustainable development impacts of these policies and identifying important benefits in terms of local jobs, livelihood improvements for women and the enhanced adaptive potential through forest restoration.
According to Dr. Wuester: “It is these types of assessments that make this NDC an improved NDC, an NDC which is now firmly anchored in national realities and therefore ready for implementation.”
Going forward, the MRV framework will play an even more important role in implementing the country’s NDC. Without a good monitoring framework, the ability to keep stakeholders engaged and mobilize the finance required would hardly be possible.
The NDC tracking framework that is now being prepared will be critical to the successful implementation of the NDC and the potential to deliver many developmental benefits for the country.
In his role as Co-Chair of the NDC Partnership, H.E. Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica, commended Mozambique on its commitment and contributions already made to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.