ECOWAS Tasks Members on Effects of Climate Change

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During the three-day workshop organised in Abuja to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on climate change, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission urged member states to urgently take measures to tackle the consequences of climate change currently impacting on the sub-region.

Mr. Tchambakou Ayassor, ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, represented by Dr Johnson Boanuh, Director of Environment, said the consequences of climate change were multifaceted and translated into droughts and floods recurrently affecting the capabilities of the sub-region.

The capacity-building workshop is critical for the member states to implement the agreement on climate change with the contributions of all stakeholders. The message of the workshop was to urge everyone to play his/her role as the ongoing challenge of addressing the climate change affects everyone.

A consultant in international environment law, Mr. Seth Osafo, noted that almost every party to the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris in 2015, submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. He said that starting from 2020, parties would have to provide new, not intended but the determined contributions. Every country is going to propose what it intends to do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere and also to help countries adapt. He also said that the priority of the African continent had always been adaptation to climate change.

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