Regional assembly urges mitigation of climate change
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has called for the mitigation of climate change and additional resources for forestry conservation and management initiatives.
The assembly has subsequently urged stakeholders to commence work on the development of the East African Community Forest Law, Enforcement and Governance Strategy (EAFLEG) Strategy in a bid to effectively respond to socio-economic and environmental challenges and opportunities in the region
The regional body has also urged Partner States that have not ratified the Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management to do so, according to a statement East African Community statement.
This EALA has debated and approved the report of the Regional Parliamentarians Workshop on Forests and Climate Change.
“The report presented to the House by the Chair of the Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources Committee, Isabelle Ndahayo, observes the importance of having a regional forests policy that among other things maximizes contribution of the sector in enhancing livelihood and conservation,” stated the EAC statement.
While drumming up support for the law, Christophe Bazivamo, a member of the EALA parliament noted that forests play a key role in climate change and called for strengthening of partnerships to ensure food security and conducive environment.
“There are many dangers faced in the Partner States today for example we are energy deficient given the fact that 80 percent of the demands in the rural areas are derived from firewood but we already have a deficiency,” he remarked.
The East African Community Secretariat has been keen on addressing the issue of climate change in the region having held a summit on climate change in July 2014.
The conference, held in Mwanza, has been organized by the East African Community Students Union in collaboration with the Tanzania Youth Vision Association, and supported by the EAC Secretariat.
– CAJ News
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