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Climate change partly contributes to difficulties in achieving Ghana’s development goals – EPA

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DesertificationA day’s workshop on Dissemination National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS)  organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened in Accra on Thursday.

Addressing stakeholders at the workshop, Mr Antwi Bosiako Boadi, Senior Programmes Officer of EPA said, over the past few decades, it has been realized by Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, that climate change impacts have partly contributed to the difficulties in achieving the socio-economic development goals of such countries.

Mr Boadi explained that climate change had resulted in high temperatures and low rainfall which in turn have resulted in climate events such as droughts, floods, sea level rise and uncontrolled erosions with negative impacts on agriculture, forestry, energy, health and eco-systems..

He said they would enhance Ghana’s current and future developments, by strengthening its adaptive capacity with regard to climate change impacts, and building the resilience of  society and the ecosystem.

He noted that climate change was manifested in Ghana through the rising of temperatures, total decline in rainfall, rising levels of seas and the incidence weather extremes, as well as high disasters.

Mr Boadi urged government and the citizenry to be pro-active in putting adaptation mechanisms in place to minimize the impacts of climate change.

He called on stakeholders to embark on intensive, extensive sensitization and education on strategy at the national and international levels to enhance its timely implementations.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the  Trades Union Congress, and Non-Governmental Organisations, among other institutions.

Source: GNA

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