SADC CLIMATE CHAIR URGES REGIONAL ACTION TO CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
By Andrew Mazulu, Dept. of Information, Lilongwe.
Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, Eisenhower Mkaka has urged SADC member states to take concerted efforts to effectively integrate regional solutions into actions to address climate change impacts.
Mkaka made the appeal in his closing statement of a two-day SADC Green Climate Conference held Bingu Wa Mutharika Convention Center in Lilongwe Thursday.
He said stoke taking of climate is necessary but is not sufficient to addressing climate change woes that has intensified to become more frequent the region that has recently been ravaged by Cyclones Idai, Anna.
”To take stock of climate action is not an end in itself. The key is, to go a step further by developing proper guidelines and workable action plans that are implemented and monitored dynamically, he impressed on the delegates.
”I am, therefore, very pleased to note that at this conference, we have come up with potential solutions and actions for addressing climate change issues as highlighted by Malawi’s Secretary for Natural Resources and Climate Change, Dr Yanira Mtupanyama.
The Minister then called for integration of climate outcomes/resolutions at all levels.
” It is important that the outcomes be mainstreamed into our regional, national and sub-national programmes, and that the associated institutional and individual capacities should be strengthened” , he urged.
Mkaka told the delegates outcomes specifically call upon SADC Member States to urgently deliver on among others mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into sectoral and national policies and development plans.
He also encouraged the delegates to strengthen early warning systems and data collection on loss and damage to inform socio-economic paths and programmes in the region, the strengthening of capacity building initiatives in various aspects of climate change management that are being planned for or undertaken in the region including the carbon market.
He further said there is need for member states to work together on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and incorporation of indigenous knowledge and the harnessing of nature based solutions on reversing deforestation and forest and land degradation.
The African Institute for Development Policy (AFDEP) have since committed to support the Government of Malawi and SADC in implementing the key recommendations of the conference, through the USAID funded program, “Building Capacity for Integrated Population, Environment and Development Action.