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Helping West African countries reach climate targets

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By illuminem briefings

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Illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Canada's National Observer or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: Faith Edem, an economic adviser to Environment and Climate Change Canada, has played a pivotal role in directing Canada's support towards Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia, and Togo to help them meet their climate targets
• This involves a $20 million investment to enhance these countries' capabilities in evaluating, planning, and monitoring their emissions reductions in compliance with the Paris Agreement

🔭 The context: Edem's recommendations were based on thorough analysis, ensuring that the supported governments are competent and committed to developing effective emission reduction policies
• The funds will be utilized for various purposes, including improving data collection on emissions, particularly in sectors like transportation, and enhancing participation in global climate-related dialogues

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These countries, some with significant forested areas, will benefit from improved assessment of their carbon sinks and enhanced participation in international carbon markets
• This initiative also fosters south-south cooperation, allowing these nations to learn from each other and build regional collaboration in developing mitigation programs

⏭️ What's next: Beyond this immediate project, Edem's work signifies a broader commitment to integrating social justice into climate action
• Her journey, starting from a personal connection to the environmental changes in Nigeria, highlights the importance of diverse perspectives in shaping effective climate policies

💬 One quote: "I use my passion for change to ask questions that convey both the urgency and the depth of the problem. This project is one example of senior leaders supporting my work" (Faith Edem)

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