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Addressing climate change is one of UNDP’s main global challenges and priorities. Working in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP is in a unique position to work with all sectors of society to help mobilize the institutions and resources needed to support countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the context of Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement aims to accelerate actions and investments to keep the global average temperature rising well below 2 ° C above pre-industrial levels, increase the capacity to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and make financial flows consistent with a path to a lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate resilient development. The Paris Agreement asks countries to undertake and communicate ambitious efforts at Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs), to achiev the objectives of this agreement. Nationally Determined Contributions describe action plans for climate change, self-determined by each country, usually until 2025 or 2030, and will represent a progression over time, recognizing the need to support developing countries for the effective implementation of these climate actions.
As a small island developing (SID) nation, Cabo Verde is already experiencing the adverse impacts of climate change – extreme weather conditions, sea-level rise and degradation of fish stocks. Its adaptation strategy, which aims to protect its ocean-based economy, is to promote integrated water resources, increase adaptive capacities of agro-silvo pastoral production systems, and protect its coastal zones. The country’s mitigation strategy is to achieve a 30% renewable energy penetration unconditionally by 2025; however, with international support, it aims to achieve 100% renewable energy penetration by 2030. Additionally, through its energy efficiency strategy for GHG mitigation, it aims to reduce energy demand unconditionally by 10% and conditionally by 20% of the baseline scenario. To achieve its 100% renewable energy penetration target alone, Cabo Verde will need EUR 1 billion EUR – this will avoid GHG emissions of 600-700 tCO2eq. Cabo Verde also requires capacity-building, and financial and technological support.
The Climate Promise program is an important initiative under the UNDP strategy to support the implementation and improvement of the NDC at the global level, which is also based on the largest portfolio of UNDP support to countries in relation to climate change.
Like other countries, the UNDP Cape Verde Offices had access to financial resources to help the country fulfill its commitments regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement, thus presenting an increasingly ambitious NDC (or national targets) of climate) every five years. The general goal and objectives of the project are to contribute to the updating of the Cape Verde NDC.
In 2020, with the involvement of the UNDP office in Cabo Verde and in close collaboration with the National Directorate for the Environment, work will be carried out to make the NDC more technically robust and include new ways in which the government can intensify its climate action, as well as finance those bold goals.
Through the Climate Promise, UNDP will support Cape Verde in integrating several key sectors for better implementation of the NDC with specific objectives of strengthening measures to adapt to climate change,
Duties and Responsibilities
In order to carry out Assessments of existing priority national policies, laws and regulations related to nature-based solutions (NbS) in Cape Verde to be able to integrate it into the national NDC, the consultant must perform some tasks and responsibilities:
Required Skills and Experience
Assessments of existing priority national policies, laws and regulations related to nature-based solutions (NbS) to define and improve the national potential mitigation and adaptation initiaves in the NDC
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