Rising temperatures threatening life – Minister
Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, says the rising temperatures caused by human activities is increasingly becoming a threat to life.
Mr Ayariga pointed out that if issues of climate change which have great effect on agriculture are not addressed people would be labouring and yet poverty levels would be soaring.
The Minister was speaking during the first Regional Road Show on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held in Wa.
Participants included traditional authorities, staff of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, religious leaders, heads of department and civil society members.
Mr Ayariga said majority of conflicts in the world happen in regions and countries where lands have been degraded and it was for this reason that leaders of the world met in Paris and decided to implement actions towards reducing the rising temperatures to enhance human survival.
He said the Paris Climate Change Agreement behoves each of the 195 countries to implement the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to help mitigate the effect of climate change in their countries and the world at large.
The agreement requires all countries whether developed or developing, big or small, to contribute towards solving global problems.
Mr Ayariga called on stakeholders to buy into the global vision articulated in the Paris Agreement and the INDC and contribute towards its success to guarantee a better future.
Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister said the region is bedevilled with a number of environmental challenges such as tree felling for lumber, commercial charcoal production, sand winning, over grazing, unsustainable agricultural practices, bush fires and small scale mining.
He said these negative practices result in an almost irreversible depletion of the savannah resources base leading to the threat of desertification in the region.
It also results in erratic rainfall pattern, soil aridity, which increases temperatures and low rainfall as well as increase in drought and flood frequency.
Alhaji Sulemana said the non-availability of fodder for animals has led to declining livestock population, seasonal migration, low income and high level of poverty.
Mr Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explained the objectives of the Regional Road Show, saying it was meant to raise awareness on the two agreements but with emphasis on the Paris Agreement and also to enable stakeholders to include the INDC actions in their strategic and annual plans.
It was to inform stakeholders to take advantage of the climate investment opportunities and afford them the opportunity to get feedback, which would be prioritised for early implementation.
Mr Amlalo told the stakeholders that their influence is a major mobilising force for action at the sub-national level and they count on their support.
EPA would continue to provide the necessary technical support to all in the process to ensure success, he assured.
The Paris Agreement would focus on seven key areas including sustainable land use and food security, climate proof infrastructure, equitable social development and sustainable mass transportation, sustainable energy security, sustainable forest management, creation of awareness on the action and solicit support and partnership during implementation.