TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE TOGETHER
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.