Parliamentarians from Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, in the ECOWAS Parliament, says the impact of Climate change was one of the major challenges affecting their countries.
The Parliamentarians made this known during the presentation of their countries reports at the Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja.
A Member of the Parliament from Burkina Faso Jeremie Sankara, said that Climate change has adversely affected the rural development due to the constant decline in rainfall.
He said that degradation has affected 34 per cent of land in the country which represents more than nine millions hectares of arable lands.
“Climate change is adversely affecting rural development, owing to the constant decline in rainfall in terms of volume and quality of precipitation as well as high temperatures, upsurge in the number and intensity of floods, droughts and wind storms.”
“These extreme weather conditions hamper the performance of agricultural, livestock and animal production systems which had led to increase population movement as well as serious humanitarian problems and economic losses.”
Mr. Jeremie Sankara, disclosed that the government of Burkina Faso will set up bodies to implement a specific action plan to improve on the agricultural production in the country.
According to the parliamentarian, the move is aimed at “improving the living conditions as well as the production and consumption patterns of the people to prevent environmental degradation and the degradation of the living environment.”
“The government has fast-tracked the implementation of Specific actions and measures defined in the second National Rural Sector Programme (PNSR 11) to ensure the sustainability of agricultural production in the country.”
He said that to facilitate the transition to free economy, the government would take actions to improve environmental governance, promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the resilience of grassroots communities to climate change.
For his part, Carlos Delgado from Cape Verde, Climate change is also a major challenge in the country.
He said that integrated policies are being implemented in the field of environment, aiming at ensuring greater environmental sustainability, competitiveness and territorial organisation.
“It should also be noted that Cape Verde faced three conservative years of drought with very low rainfall; the country has faced and continues to face serious problems with lack of grazing for animals.”
“The government has been required to implement emergency mitigation plans to address years of drought, fortunately, it has been able to count on some of its partners.”
“Cape Verde continues and will continue to participate in global and regional environmental research networks, particularly those dealing with investigation of its effects of the phenomenon of climate change.”
The Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament which commences on November 20 will end on December 14.