Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Anglophone African countries discuss climate change adaptation

Philippe Mwema Bahati in via Rwanda Focus: Experts in climate change from the Least Developed Anglophone Countries in Africa gathered in Kigali this week for a five-day workshop to discuss climate change adaptation on the continent.

The workshop intends to let countries share expertise and look at how to alleviate climate change, a phenomenon that will disproportionately affect African countries more than many others. According to Stanislas Kamanzi, Minister of Natural Resources, adaptation to climate change is imperative, and is a hindrance to the economic development of countries in the region. The least developed countries still lack the capacity to find solutions, but with their agriculturally driven economies and often tropical, they will also be the hardest hit by climate change.

Generally, a lack of commitment among leaders has made Africa one the slowest regions to address climate change. "There is still poor participation from the states," Kamanzi lamented, before clarifying Rwanda as the exception.

Rwanda has undertaken measures including planting trees, preserving forests, and reforming agricultural practices to make them more environmentally friendly. Kamanzi also pointed out the government's new National Climate and Environment Fund (FONERWA), a tool for enhancing projects that support national sustainable development goals.

Richard Muyungi, the chairman of scientific and technological advice of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said countries need to mainstream climate change mitigation in planning processes and government agendas in order to avoid serious consequences for their most impoverished citizens...

The center of Kigali, Rwanda, shot by SteveRwanda, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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