Africa must plan united response: experts

African countries should fight for new measures to tackle climate change to enable them to mitigate its effects while achieving sustainable development, a natural resources expert has said.

Addressing participants at a climate change roundtable here recently, the Southern Africa Natural Resources Trust Chairman, Thomas Molapisi, said it was imperative for African countries to ensure their interests were co-opted in interventions adopted at international negotiations.

“It is important that the interests of Africans, that is, issues of adaptation, provision of technological and financial support for adaptation and mitigation, are addressed in the post Kyoto Process,”he said.

Representatives of governments throughout the world meet in Copenhagen next year to discuss a new regime of measures to combat climate change ahead of the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol of 1997.

World leaders meeting at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 adopted the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in response to the global phenomenon that causes flooding, droughts and related natural disasters.

Molapisi said the UNFCC sets out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases that interfere with climate.Delegates at the third conference of parties held in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 agreed to reduce their overall emissions of six greenhouse gases by an average of 5,2 percent below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, developing countries can apply for direct investment for clean development mechanisms projects from developed countries that have an obligation to reduce their emissions. But African countries have not benefited as the process is long and cumbersome.

In 2007, parties agreed to shape an ambitious and effective international response to climate change to be agreed at Copenhagen in December next year. Comesa is organising roundtable meetings in member states to develop national positions that will be taken to the African Union for presentation at Copenhagen.

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