Coordinator of African Union`s Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development
(AU-SAFGRAD) has disclosed that Climate Change and desertification play a
significant role in destabilizing the already human development gains, and
therefore called for a holistic mobilization of communicators and media in
curbing the long ailing environmental menace that entangled the sustainable
development of the continent.
Dr. Ahmed Elmekass was speaking at the official opening ceremony of a two day consultative Regional workshop for “Strengthening the role of communication and media in Building Resilience of Rural Livelihoods through Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change and Combating Desertification” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Climate Change and Desertification, Dr Elmekass noted, played significan t role in human history, contributing to the collapse of several large empires, as well as causing displacement and relocation of local populations, and adduced that it is also the cause of most conflicts arising from natural resources use with loss of lives and properties and large scale emigration. Great social and economic losses have been linked to Climate change and Desertification.
Adding on, he disclosed that African Union through a number of resolutions and decisions made by the Heads of State and Government has always put Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate change in front of its development Agenda, among which the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), that made of sustainable land management and reliable water control systems as a priority and a component closely linked to eradicate hunger.
AU-SAFGRAD boss said the Malabo declaration in Equatorial Guinea was the venue where African Heads of states and Governments committed themselves to enhance resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks. The African Union agenda 2063 and its 10 years Action Plan “Africa we want” indicated aspirationas “A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”.