On 28 September 2016, the GEF-funded project Ecosystem-based Adaptation through South-South Cooperation (EbA South) held the annual meeting of its Project Steering Committee (PSC) for the fourth time. The meeting was hosted in Kathmandu by the Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) of Nepal. It was attended by high level representatives of UNEP, GEF, UNFCCC, the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), and the Governments of Nepal, Mauritania and Seychelles. In his opening remarks, Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary of MoPE, highlighted the importance of mutual learning and support from partners within the framework of South-South cooperation for implementing EbA.
Co-chaired by UNEP and CAS, the PSC assessed the progress achieved, reviewed work plans and provided recommendations on the project implementation strategy. It was agreed to extend the project duration till April 2018, in order to allow the three pilot countries to complete all activities and reach all targets. Ideas for the continuation and upscaling of interventions on-the-ground were also discussed.
Prior to the meeting, a field visit to the ‘ICIMOD Knowledge Park at Godavari’ was organized on 27 September. Participants could learn about a wide range of technologies and practices for sustainable land use and natural resources management for livelihood improvement in mountainous areas.