Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review of national climate change strategies

Jocelyn Newmarch in Business Day (South Africa): Countries need to put comprehensive and specific national strategies in place to tackle climate change, according to the first combined international audit on the subject. SA is one of the 14 countries taking part in an audit on efforts to address climate change.

According to the report, released yesterday, targets, objectives and actions on climate change were not always specified at regional or sectoral levels, which made it difficult to drive action and monitor progress. Climate change objectives also sometimes conflicted with other programmes.

…The report was released in Sandton yesterday at the 20th congress of the International Organisation for Supreme Audit Institutions . The body comprises 188 member states, making it the second-largest world organisation after the United Nations (UN) .

…Climate change risk assessment and planning for adaptation was still at an early stage, according to the report. However , carbon trading had failed to drive down country emissions, as the market price for carbon was not high enough….

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