Friday, April 25, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Develops Climate Change Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Mitigate Climate Change

Plan supports sustainable energy and Fund for Climate Change in Africa

The government of Equatorial Guinea has developed a national climate change plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.

“We understand climate change has an impact on every region. The national climate change plan allows us to implement projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions, support sustainable energy, among others,” said Santiago Francisco Engonga, Director General of Environment for the Ministry of Fisheries and Environment. “The African continent is the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change and we are doing our share to help.”

Equatorial Guinea is undertaking many initiatives to address climate change in the country. The Ministry of Fisheries and Environment and the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy are working together on a sustainable energy project that focuses on solar, wind and marine energy. This project is being implemented as a result of the national climate change adaptation plan.

In addition, the climate change regulatory law in Equatorial Guinea has established the National Fund for Climate Change (FONAMA), which undertakes initiatives to improve the environment, such as  conserving biodiversity and protecting migratory species.

Engonga sees the recently approved aid to the Fund for Climate Change in Africa (FCCA) as a positive milestone for the African continent, which has not received significant financial aid to combat climate change and its effects.

“This fund will help ease the access of countries to the financing they need to protect their economies and environmental assets in view of climate change,” said Alex Rugamba, President of the Coordination Committee of Climate Change of the African Development Bank.

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo called for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of nations (ACP) to strengthen cooperation to face energy problems, climate change and challenges delivered from globalization together at the 7th ACP Summit held in Malabo in 2012.