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Second National Communication to the UNFCCC

The project “Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)” was funded under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Global Environment Facility (GEF). Both UNEP and its funding arm GEF are providing substantial funds for environmental development to assist countries in achieving targets stipulated under various international conventions.

The objective of this project was to enable Malta to prepare and submit its Second National Communication (SNC) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC in accordance to its commitments as a non-Annex I party to the Convention as mandated by Articles 4 and 12 of this Convention. In fact, the SNC submission will coincide with the UNFCCC COP 15 at the end of 2009.

The SNC is divided into four parts:

Part 1 

Focuses on greenhouse gas inventory and an analysis of greenhouse gas mitigation.
Part 2

Focuses on the climate of the central Mediterranean by presenting an analysis of past climate trends and future climate scenarios.

Part 3Focuses on the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The main sectors considered were: Water Resources, Land Use, Infrastructure, Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Migration, Health and the Economy.

Part 4

Focuses on gaps and constraints, and makes recommendations to addressing climate change issues in Malta.

MEPA acted as the Executing Agency on behalf of the Government of Malta. The project was led by the National Project Director from MEPA and was implemented by a team of experts from MEPA and the Department of Physics at the University of Malta.

This project had a total budget of € 322,000.

Within MEPA, this project was coordinated by the Director of Corporate Services in collaboration with the Climate Change and Marine Policy Unit and assisted by the EU and Multilateral Affairs Unit, both within the Environment Protection Directorate.