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ECOWAS decries weak implementation of results of climate change studies  

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, on Wednesday, lamented that most results of climate change studies were not been used efficiently to fight against harmful effects of climate change in the sub-region.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Sekou Sangare, who made the remark in his address at the opening ceremony of a 3-day meeting of the Scientific and Technical Consultative Group on Climate Change (STCGCC)  in Abuja, said there is the need for dialogue to develop new strategies.

Sangare, represented by the Head Division, Environmental Policies, and Regulation, of Environment Directorate, Mr. Bongonou Djeri-Alassani, described climate change as a global challenge that requires results from studies, to achieve the target.

According to him, although the commission established a project in 2015 to ensure reduction of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in West Africa, more needs to be done.

Sangare said “as part of this project implementation, STCGCC has been identified as a framework to coordinate the research findings from climate change-related institutions in West Africa region.

“The establishment aims to respond to the need to progressively build the framework of reflection and proposal to provide answers and advice on climate change issues at regional levels.

“The first meeting of the group held from February 15 to 17, 2017 was used to initiate discussions for coordinating climate-related actions among regional institutions working on climate field.

“It is based on this background that this second meeting which started from September 12 to 14, in Abuja, will address issues related to the coordinated and effective use of research finding.

“This meeting will address issues related to the coordinated and effective use of scientific research findings that will be discussed, and collect views and contributions to improving on climate service deliveries.”

He said that the ongoing dialogue of the STCGCC would help to achieve the desired impact on climate change.

He said that the dialogue had become important because climate change had impacted negatively on ecosystems, economies and communities, flooding, drought, and intense heat.

He explained that the objective of the ongoing meeting is to enhance discussions among stakeholders working on climate-related issues and ensure proper use of findings by climate research institutions.

He mentioned that climate change had impacted negatively on ecosystems, food supply, health and water resources within the West Africa region.

The commissioner identified collation of previous climate change impact results and design of terms of reference for the development of regional programmes as the expected outcome of the meeting.