Observer on Saturday - - Analysis & Opinion - SADC Suc­cess Sto­ries Vol­ume 2

joint ac­tion is gain­ing. “We now have SADC vot­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of a re­gional pro­gramme of cli­mate change which is great,” he says. “What we now see is SADC work­ing with the In­dian Ocean Com­mis­sion to­wards a co­he­sive plan to face this threat.”

“The re­gional bod­ies are work­ing to­gether and the peo­ple in the re­gion want to see pos­i­tive re­sults,” Si­natam­bou adds. “Our peo­ple not only need but de­serve to be helped, and the best way for this to hap­pen is to show con­crete out­comes.”

The RISDP also fore­sees re­sponse plans to emer­gen­cies and the En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter says his coun­try has now put in place that plan in Mau­ri­tius.

“The early warn­ing sys­tem here against storm surges fea­tures a six-day warn­ing sys­tem which de­ter­mines both where the wa­ter will strike the is­land and just how bad it will be. It’s this kind of spe­cific plan that is most welcome by all SADC mem­ber states.”

SADC Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Dr Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax says suc­cess can only be en­sured through re­gional in­te­gra­tion and har­mon­is­ing sys­tems and projects.

“The com­mit­ment should not just be say­ing ‘I am com­mit­ted’. We need also to im­ple­ment the ideas. This needs to be done by all of us, at dif­fer­ent lev­els, the gov­ern­ment, pub­lic sec­tor and the pri­vate sec­tor,” Dr Tax says.

As the school so­lar projects high­lights in Mau­ri­tius, the re­gion’s ap­proach to cli­mate change has put in­no­va­tion at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ing of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy mod­els in South­ern Africa.

Cli­mate change is of crit­i­cal rel­e­vance to SADC, lead­ing to the SADC Pol­icy Pa­per on Cli­mate Changeal and sec­toral lev­els. It aligns the re­gion be­hind the vi­sion of ad­dress­ing the im­pacts of cli­mate change through the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion ac­tions to en­hance re­gional eco­nomic and so­cial re­silience.

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