May 11, 2016, 1:44 PM
and civil society organisations in West Africa have committed themselves to
complement the ongoing efforts of the Ecowas Commission in fighting climate
change through advocacy and awareness creation.
The business community, too, has promised to play its part by introducing and strengthening efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas and to financially support local initiatives to protect the environment.
The representatives of the media, CSOs and the private sector in West Africa identified their possible contributions and actions at both regional and national levels in the fight against climate change after participating in a three-day seminar on climate change on 13 - 15 July at the Ecowas Commission in Abuja, Nigeria.
The three groups of stakeholders were sensitised on the Paris Agreement, an international agreement committing all signatory countries to a stronger action in the fight against climate change.
Adopted in December 2015, the agreement lays the fundamentals of a new global climate regime committing all countries to showcase their best efforts against climate change.
At the end of the three-day forum, the stakeholders, particularly the media and CSOs, committed themselves to contributing to the sub-regional and national advocacy to reduce vulnerability and increase adaptation to climate change in West Africa.
They also expressed their resolve to embark on resource mobilisation from climate-related funds such as the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Fund for wider involvement in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
They vowed to reinforce the various actions conducted in the region to combat adverse effects of climate change with emphasis on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The three-day workshop dealt extensively on climate major issues and challenges including linkages with the sectors of economic development, international negotiations on climate change up to the Paris Agreement (and lessons learnt).
The presentations and interactive sessions helped the participants to deepen their understanding of the challenges of climate change including the outcomes and implications of the Paris Agreement.
The group work and exercises were handy in identifying regional and national contributions and possible actions to be taken by participating stakeholders in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change in West Africa.
The Ecowas Commission organised the workshop as part of its strategic programmes to reduce vulnerability and increase adaptation to climate change in West Africa.
The media, CSOs and the private sector were specifically targeted for the seminar because of their contributions and facilitation in the success of the negotiation process that led to the Paris Agreement. Such contributions are still needed for the ratification and effective implementation of the agreement.