How Ghanian Director Peter Dery Is Taking The Environmental Sector To The Next Level



from biodiversity, it has to bring development. Our life is about people. Development must be people-centered. So, climate change must be people-centered. Nature must be… I mean, God didn’t create nature. God didn’t create nature for just creating nature. He wanted people to be happy. So, he created everything beautiful. He put man there. He said, go, enjoy. Eat everything. Use everything. So, if you are doing anything that will make people happy, then of course, you should have that air to continue. But of course, if it’s not people-centered, then of course, then it might be something else.

What is your government doing to curb climate change? Yeah, for us, Ghana is doing much. When it comes to carbon credits, we are the first country to have signed a bilateral agreement for carbon credits under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. First country to have authorized a carbon credit project. First country to have developed a carbon credit framework globally. So, when it comes to carbon credits, we are following the government. And the government is acknowledged and known by the world. We have so far developed bilateral agreements for carbon credits with Switzerland, Sweden, Singapore, South Korea, and Liechtenstein. So, many things are already in place. And some projects are already on the ground running. Of course, it will take some years for us to monitor and calculate the emissions before payment is done. But I can tell you that when it comes to the structures, when it comes to the policy environment and the enabling environment for trading in carbon.

What would you like your legacy to be? Well, I’m happy that at least we are making such progress. The next thing I want to say one day is that yes, I had the opportunity of contributing to ensuring that maybe this business, factory, or business will continue to grow. I think that the investment that came to Ghana that has brought about this change, I was part of it. That’s the kind of legacy I want to do. That during my time, we were able to at least introduce this new subject which is the magic and that the whole country was able to buy into it. And that there are projects running and that people have received payments to exchange for emissions. For me, that will be enough satisfaction.

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