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Posted on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:34

Africa: Adopt indigenous technologies to fight climate change

African leaders have been urged to consciously promote indigenous technology usage in order to adapt to climate change's impact on the continent.


A communiqué issued after a five day international conference in Accra, Ghana says African governments should expand climate negotiating teams to include scientists so as to realise a strong continental position in global negotiations.

"African problems should first and foremost be subjected to African analyses and solutions," the communiqué issued on Tuesday states.

The participants comprising researchers, civil society groups, environmentalists, private and public sector players, politicians, gender advocates and indigenous people, came from countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, France and USA.

The conference was the 2nd Climate Change and Population Conference on Africa organised by the Regional Institute for Population Studies (Rips) of the University of Ghana.

African states, the communiqué says, should also support credible local institutions to undertake rigorous policy-relevant climate change research and empirical assessments.

This, it notes, will help to inform climate negotiations, adaptation options and policy implementation.

It urged governments to increase the proportion of their GDP dedicated to research on the continent in order to support innovations geared towards addressing the climate change menace.

The deterioration in the living conditions of the human population in Africa is inextricably linked to the degradation of the environment of which climate change has been in the lead.

"Climate change disproportionally affects our population for which women, children and the elderly are the most vulnerable in aspects of food and water insecurity, poor health, disaster risks, displacement and mobility, increased drudgery and economic loss, and that gender mainstreaming into climate change requires immediate attention," the communiqué said.

The conference was on the theme: "Climate Change and Development at Crossroads- Sharing Lessons."



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