Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ghana cannot ignore the impact of climate change

Government of Ghana, official portal: Mr Jeremais Blaser, UNDP Deputy Country Director, has said Ghana cannot ignore the impact of Climate Change any longer and called for a concerted holistic approach to deal with the problem.

He said:"The increasing incidents of floods in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Volta regions with its devastating effect on life and property are clear demonstration of the fact that temperatures and rainfall patterns have changed with erratic climate in the country. “As we look at the northern regions we are concerned that the combined impact of the drought and the floods can make the population even more vulnerable and their chances of making progress towards the MDGs even thinner."

Mr Blaser was speaking at the Capacity Building seminar for High Officers on Climate Change at Akosombo. The High Level Interaction on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Issues is being attended by Council of State Members, Ministers of States, traditional leaders, Chief Executive Officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Government's Economic Management Team, and Stakeholders in the environmental sector.

The workshop aims at forming partnership among governmental sectors with key environmental groupings as well as prepares economic actors, law makers, and traditional authorities to be advocates of change and make available the necessary resources to protect the country from the imminent dangers of Climate Change.

Mr Blaser said Ghana needs urgent action to restore the livelihood of the severely affected population and pledged the commitment of the UN systems in Ghana to collaborate with government to advance the climate change debate at the regional and sub-regional levels....

A well pump in Ghana, shot by R.schuirink, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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