Be proactive: SANRT

African countries should look for new ways to tackle climate change and proactively engage the international community, a natural resources expert has said.

Addressing participants at a three-day climate change round table here last week, the Southern Africa Natural Resources Trust chairman, Thomas Molapisi, from South Africa, said it was imperative for African countries to step up.

“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 Protocol,” he said.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the UN frame work on climate change and sets binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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 that was signed in 1997.

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