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Climate change and a deteriorating environment is a key challenge to sustainability, bio-diversity, food security and stability across Africa. Pollution, deteriorating soil quality, desertification and poor air quality are threatening the lives and futures of all of the continent's people.
NEPAD's Climate Change and Natural Resource Management programme plays a co-ordinating and advocacy role to promote regional and national programmes aimed at counteracting these environmental threats. NEPAD believes that addressing environmental issues is a pre-condition for its other goals of sustainable growth and development.
Aims and goals
The Climate Change programme within NEPAD works to bring together all relevant regional and continental players to con-ordinate, share knowledge and encourage one another in addressing the threat of climate change.
The objective of the programme is to assist countries in integrating climate change responses into their national development processes. The programme aims to strengthen skills in adaptation, mitigation, technology and finance to combat environmental change.
What is being done by this programme?
The climate change programme works through a variety of mechanisms to meet its goals, including:
- Facilitating brainstorming and conferences across the continent;
- Assisting where possible with the work of climate change scientists in the region;
- Supporting the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment meetings;
- Participating in relevant climate change conferences; and
- Preparing policy briefs and providing technical support in building African positions.
The programme is also looking to start collecting data and information on climate change mitigation and adaptation on the continent. The objective is to establish a database of relevant climate change information. The programme is also looking to develop sub-regional climate change frameworks.
The programme focuses on three key areas: