Climate experts call for improved national programmes
African experts on climate change have expressed the need to lay national strategies, solicit financial support to African countries as a way to address issues of climate change faced by several African countries today.
The call was made during a meeting that brought together more than 80 participants from 18 countries are attending a UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Kigali this July 29.
One of the participants, Benon Yassin, the chief environmental officer in Malawi, told the press that there is need to strengthen national climate adaptation programmes by bridging gaps caused by lack of capacity.
Yassin said that issues of for lack of skills development, technological transfer and sharing of experiences have lagged African countries in their prospects of combating climate change and coming up with substantial programmes.
The five day meeting is expected to bring on board various experiences of experts and governments from Anglophone African least developed countries, which will be a used as a time to share experiences from different participating countries.
Rwanda, the host of the meeting is expected to give a lead example to other countries since there is much that has been done in terms of laws on environment, mobilization and implementation.
On a general aspect, Rwanda’s Minister for Natural Resources, Stanislas Kamanzi says that the implementation process, even within government institutions is still weak in africa, and budget constraints are a challenge in general, otherwise there is a will to act on climate changes.