Friday, October 15, 2010

Scientists urged to help Rwanda deal with climate impacts

Stevenson Mugisha in via New Times (Rwanda): The Minister of Environment and Lands, Stanislas Kamanzi, has called upon experts in the region to endeavour putting in place strategies aimed at fighting climate change. Kamanzi made the call in Kigali yesterday while officially opening a two-day workshop on Rwanda Science-Policy Dialogue on Climate Change.

The seminar with a theme; "Integrating climate change, mitigation and adaptation in development planning," was organized by Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam and other stakeholders on climate change. "I advise you as experts in your respective capacities, to lay down serious strategies meant to support initiatives geared towards addressing climate change challenges in Africa," Kamanzi said.

He added that any considerable changes in climate patterns are bound to generate undesirable impacts on the welfare of the African people. The minister revealed that in the case of Rwanda, impacts of climate change have been clearly evident in ecosystems such as Lake Cyohoha in Bugesera District and Rugezi wetland where a combination of environmental degradation and climate change led to a decline in water levels for lakes Burera and Ruhondo. He said that as a result, there was a decline in hydroelectricity power generation from the lakes….

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