Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka has disclosed that Malawi is among the countries to benefit from the Green Climate Change early warning systems on climate change.
The minister said this in Lilongwe on Thursday, during a media briefing on the outcomes of the 21st session of the conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change which took place in Paris, France recently.
According to Msaka a tune of US$12.3 million (about K7.4 billion) has been set aside to help Malawi enhance early warning systems.
Said Msaka; “As some of you may be aware, recently the Green Climate Fund Board approved a six-year project for Malawi worth US$12.3 million to enhance early warning systems as part of disaster risk reduction.”
The Energy Minister further highlighted on the commitments that the Malawi Government made to the conference as a way of reducing the effects of climate change.
“I delivered a national statement on behalf of government, in which I highlighted that key economic sectors in Malawi are not spared from the adverse effects of climate change, such as prolonged dry spell, droughts and floods.
“To this effects Malawi committed itself to plant more trees to create a carbon suite to preserve the environment from the effects of climate change as well as reducing emissions of green gases to the environment over time,” he said.
Malawi emits 0.06 per cent of the total emissions which according to the minister is minimal.
The minister further said the Paris agreement also called for enhancing the implementation of the Climate Change Convention that was adopted in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in June 1992.
“The agreement will contribute to holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” he said.
According to Msaka, the conference was attended by government officials, civil society, academia and the private sector.–ManaFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :