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National Adaptation Plan and Cost Benefit Analysis training for Tonga

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23rd November 2016 A training on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) organized at the request of the Department of Climate Change, as a part of the joint UNDP-UNEP National Adaptation Plan Global Support Program (NAP-GSP) and two consultants from the United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP), Economist in Climate Change Adaptation Mr. Babatunde Abiodoye and Regional focal point for NAP-GSP Ms. Yvette Kerslake are currently here in Nuku’alofa conducting the two-day workshop.

Acting CEO for MEIDECC, Mr. Andrew To’imoana at the National Emergency Management Office Conference Room, MEIDECC Headquarters, opened the workshop yesterday morning.

In his opening address, Mr. To’imoana stated that a cost benefit analysis is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a decision, policy or a project.

“Given the adverse impacts on climate change in Tonga and the numerous attempts at adapting to the changes, it is befitting to have this workshop to ensure that we have the skills and knowledge to not only inform the decision makers on the economic efficiency of climate change projects but also to efficiently and effectively allocate resources to where they are mostly needed.”

Mr. Abiodoye said NAP is a program under UNDP to support countries to come out with their own National Adaptation Plan.

“A part of the national adaptation plan project of UNDP as of capacity building to support countries to come out with their own National Adaptation Plan.”

“NAP is supposed to be a country own and driven initiative to come with optimality strategy for them and the role of the Project is to support the countries to achieve NAP through training on Cost and Analysis, training on impact evaluation and looking at the budget analysis and the Ministry of Climate Change and development.”

The workshop will continue on Friday, as the consultants will join an UNDP Mission team to Ha’apai, to conduct consultations and collection information for the development of Tonga’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposal.

“So today we are covering the phases of cost benefit analysis and do some examples on different sectors and then we will cover different adaptation options that are available so part of it is to look at Ha’apai to see the potential of national strategy that can be used.” He said

“Primarily discussing with the development authority at Ha’apai on different options available to adapt to climate change and see what the potential is, and on Friday and part of the final program we will discuss how to approach these options.”

To’imoana told the gathering that the workshop will provide essential skills for the participants on CBA.

“I believe this workshop will provide essential skills for the participants on Cost benefit analysis (CBA) and that it would enable them to not only identify necessary data information required to carry out a CBA but also to conduct CBAs whenever it is needed.”

The workshop’s participants were representatives from Government Ministries.

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Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

 

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