Namibia committed to accelerating climate change response - Shifeta

Namibia committed to accelerating climate change response - Shifeta
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Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta said Namibia is committed to playing its part in accelerating the response to climate change.
In a statement delivered during the high-level segment of the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, Shifeta said the country has a highly ambitious policy framework in place, including the National Climate Change Policy of 2011.
“This is accompanied by an implementation strategy and action plan, as well as our Intended Nationally Determined Contribution of 2015. We continue to implement these policies in pursuit of our ambitious targets which include a pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 89% by 2030,” he said.
The minister further expressed concern at serious climatic events and broader challenges many developing countries face.
“The time to take meaningful and proactive action against the adverse impacts of climate change is now, not tomorrow,” Shifeta said.
He further added that the southern Africa region, particularly Namibia, continues to be on the receiving end of one of the worst droughts recorded.
“Our agricultural sector has been contracting for the past five years and rural households and small-scale farmers have been affected severely. Our most productive sectors such as fisheries and tourism continue to be undermined by climate change,” he said.
With regards to financing, the minister said Namibia appreciates the funding from the Green Climate Fund approved for backing four national-level adaptation projects worth US$39 million (about N$577 million) in grants.
“This is a good start for us and I am pleased to report these projects are having significant impacts on our most vulnerable communities,” he said.
COP 25 started on 2 December and ends 13 December 2019.