EPA signs co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with UNEP

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KUWAIT: Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for En­vi­ron­ment (EPA) has signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with the United Na­tion En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (UNEP) to write up Kuwait’s sec­ond UNDP Coun­try Pro­gramme Doc­u­ment re­lated to cli­mate change.

Re­gional Di­rec­tor and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the UNEP Re­gional Of­fice for West Asia (ROWA) Iyad Abu­moghli told the press, Sun­day, that Kuwait is ex­press­ing keen­ness on the UN agree­ments on cli­mate change; this in­ter­est is ap­par­ent in the Kuwaiti lead­er­ship’s re­cent par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN meet­ing of states par­ties on cli­mate change (COP22) which took place in Marrakesh on Novem­ber 16.

EPA has been a link of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween UNEP and Kuwait since the lat­ter signed United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 and Ky­oto Pro­to­col in 2005, he said. He added that Kuwait has been sub­mit­ting its re­quired re­ports on its cli­mate change, which com­prise changes hap­pen­ing to tem­per­a­ture, the lev­els of rains and sea rise, in ad­di­tion to the in­crease of sand storms. These re­ports are es­sen­tial tools for the UNEP in giv­ing a com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion on how these changes im­pact the eco­nomic and so­cial as­pects of the coun­try and in help­ing find­ing so­lu­tions to over­come these cli­mate chal­lenges. Abu­moghli ex­plained that com­plet­ing Kuwait’s sec­ond Coun­try Pro­gramme Doc­u­ment will take three years and it will be fully funded by in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, hop­ing it will be handed over by 2019. EPA will lead the pro­ject of writ­ing up this doc­u­ment with the help of many lo­cal in­sti­tutes, he pointed out.

Kuwait’s first UNDP Coun­try Pro­gramme Doc­u­ment in­di­cated to many changes oc­cur­ring in the coun­try’s cli­mate such as the de­crease of rain lev­els sub­se­quently caus­ing sand­storms in­creased. The re­port also showed an in­crease of the av­er­age rate of tem­per­a­ture by 1.6, pre­dict­ing that this rate will be at 28.7 Cel­sius by 2035. Fur­ther­more, due to the coastal na­ture of Kuwait, sea level rise will in­crease lead­ing to a loss of 1.4 per­cent to 3 per­cent of land. —KUNA

Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for En­vi­ron­ment (EPA) signs a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with the United Na­tion En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (UNEP).

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