A group of experts and officials of the ECOWAS Commission have begun a 3-day brainstorming session on climate change in Abuja.
ECOWAS is implementing since 2015 a Project on the Initial Activities of the Strategic Programme for the Reduction of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in West Africa.
As part of this project implementation, a Scientific and Technical Consultative Group on Climate Change (STCGCC) has been identified as a framework to coordinate the research findings from climate change related institutions in the West African region.
The establishment of this STCGCC aims also at responding to the need to progressively build a framework of reflection and proposal that can be used to provide scientific and technical answers and advice on climate change issues at regional level.
The meeting which kicked off yesterday is to last through Friday, September 14, 2018.
In his welcome address, ECOWAS’ Commissioner for Environment, Agriculture and Water Resources, Sekou Sangare, represented by the Divisional Head, Environmental Policies and Regulations, Environmental Directorate, Bougonou Djeri-Alassani, said the meeting became imperative in view of the fact that in Africa, especially West African Subregion, a good percentage of the population have suffered the effects of climate change.
Explaining to newsmen Alassani said members of the technical group were drawn from research institutions.
“During the meeting the group is going to present their reports on climate change and we will discuss the climate change concerns.
“In our region, we are more concerned about adaptation-how to work on adaptation and have a good result that will make less the relative impact of climate change in our member states,” he noted.
Other issues to be discussed, according to him, include the cost of curtailing climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Affirming that information on the outcome of the meeting will be disseminated to the people, Alassani assured of committed implementation on the part of the commission.
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