First of Five Policy Evaluation Workshops Gets Underway
24 September 2020
Renuka Hotel, Colombo
Evaluation of overall policy coherence and recommendations for designing and implementing an optimal policy package (OPP) for Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV), Sri Lanka Carbon Registry (SLCR) and Sri Lanka Carbon Crediting Scheme (SLCCS).
The Ministry of Environment and the IPS held an introductory and scoping workshop – the first in a series of five workshops – to undertake a policy evaluation for designing and implementing an OPP for MRV, SLCR and SLCCS .
The policy evaluation workshop is a component of the World Bank-funded ‘Climate Mitigation Action Support Project (CMASP)’ which aims to strengthen Sri Lanka’s policy framework to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Dr. R. D. S. Jayathunga, Director, Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Environment explained that the objective of the workshop was to identify gaps in the existing policies and to propose concrete recommendations for an OPP covering key sectors such as energy, transport, industry, waste and forestry. A roadmap for implementation is also expected as an outcome of the project, Dr. Jayathunga said.
Ms. Priyanka Dissanayake, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank stated that the World Bank promotes transparent policy framework development processes and the grant funding seeks to build institutional readiness for GHG mitigation. Ms. Dissanayake added that though the grant was given by the World Bank, the ownership is with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Environment Ministry.
Dr. Athula Senaratne, Research Fellow and Head – Environment Economic Policy Research, IPS explained that the CMASP comprises of two main components: (1) the analytical work to select appropriate carbon pricing instruments (CPIs) for nationally determined contributions (NDCs); and (2) roadmap for an OPP to be implemented during the 2021-2030 period.