Africa To Integrate Climate Change Management
During the 15th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo, Egypt, delegates from 54 countries have resolved to reach a binding climate change agreement.
The declaration has reflected the continents priorities and aspirations at the Paris talks.
It has also highlighted the integration of the inclusive green economy in development and development planning.
AMCEN President and Minister of Environment of Egypt Dr. Khaled Fahmy has said that the Cairo Declaration covers a wide range of priorities for the continent, from climate change and natural resources management to the illegal trade in wildlife and the integration of the inclusive green economy across sectors.
"African countries are showing solidarity and a determination to play a positive and responsible role in support of sustainable development, building resilience and poverty eradication,” he added.
Stressing Africa's vulnerability to the effects of climate change, the Ministers have agreed to support an agreement in 2015 that provides parity between mitigation and adaptation.
They have also noted the increased burden for adaptation in developing countries.
According to them, the agreement needs to ensure that the mitigation ambition keeps global temperatures well below 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels, by the end of the century.
The Cairo Declaration has also called for a global goal for adaptation which takes into account adaptation needs and associated costs, including support for developing countries.
According to science, Africa is the continent where a rapidly changing climate is expected to deviate earlier than across any other continent from normal changes thus making adaptation a matter of urgency.
Source: Star Africa
by Musalia Wycliffe