Kuwait Environmental Governance Initiative (KEGI)

What is the project about ?

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In 2015 the world adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marking a historic shift in the global development agenda. A major focus moving forward will be the implementation agenda, particularly bottom-up local actions and solutions to achieve results across the range of environmental sustainability issues addressed in the SDGs. This project seeks to establish the enabling environment to make this happen in Kuwait.

The passage of this new global agenda converges with the enactment of Kuwait’s new Environmental Protection Law (EPL) (Law No. 42 of 2014), which sets an ambitious vision to scale-up environmental protection results across all sectors of development. The new law is a critical turning point for environmental governance in Kuwait, setting a more ambitious vision for environmental sustainability and providing the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (KEPA) an enhanced mandate to set implementing regulations, seek actions by sectoral Ministries, and achieving improved environmental compliance and enforcement.

As part of the implementation agenda for the new EPL, this project will help KEPA develop capacities necessary for effective participation in the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) including the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (UNCBD), and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Project will also help KEPA strengthen Kuwait readiness to implement its commitments under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 13 on Climate Change taking an integrated approach to achieve the thematic priorities identified under the EPL as well as the green goals under the SDGs and their interlinkages with rest of SDGs, which will guide the development of near-term, mid-term and long-term actions towards a sustainable future.

Expected Outputs

The project supports a set of two strategic outputs meant to set an enabling environment for implementation of the new EPL: (1) Capacities for Effective Participation in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and  (2) Environmental Information Systems to enhance use of data and information for decision-making processes to implement the EPL, including enhanced environmental statistics and indicators to enhance tracking of targets under SDG green pillars and EPL.

Who finance this project ?

Government of Kuwait

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