The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Madam Sherry Aryeetey has stated that the government of Ghana had made significant moves to dealing with effects of climate change on people’s livelihoods.
The minister mentioned the Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment and mainstreaming of climate change into the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda as some policy measures put in place to help reduce the negative impact of climate change on livelihoods.
Madam Aryeetey said this when she launched a five year development programme initiated by Care International which aimed at helping African communities to adapt and cope with the impact of climate change in Tamale.
According to the minister the threat of climate change was so serious that the world needed to act decisively to chart the way forward to bail out the earth and its inhabitants from its devastating consequences.
She said that scientific evidences relating to agriculture, health, fisheries and rise in sea level were an indication the earth is goning through tremendous changes and needed serious attention to safe her total destruction because of the changes in climatic conditions.
Madam Aryeetey maintained that climate change was affecting the country’s drive to achieving some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The minister observed that if care was not taken food production particularly rice and maize would experience significant decline because of extreme weather conditions due to climate change.
The programme dubbed the “Adaptation Learning Programme” (ALP), is an initiative of CARE International that was being implemented in some Africa countries such Ghana,Niger, Kenya and Mozambique.
In Ghana, ALP is being implemented in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region and Garu /Tempane District in the Upper East Region.
T A FIVE year development programme aimed at helping African communities to adapt and cope with the impact of climate change has been launched in Tamale.
The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Madam Sherry Aryeetey expressed delight that the project was a learning one which would be used to influence other districts, non-governmental organisations and government institutions to also design and implement climate change adaptation projects, programmes, strategies and policies to help local people to cope with the effects.
Cocoa, according to the minister would also suffer a great deal of climate change and this would affect the livelihoods of farmers.
The Country Director of CARE International Mr Phil Christensen said the ALP project was made possible with support from UKaid, Danida and the Foreign Ministry of Finland.
He said the choice of project districts was based on the extent of physical and social exposure to climate change and its effects while the choice of communities was based on criteria discussed and agreed upon by district stakeholders.
The Project Manager of ALP Mr Romanus Gyang explained that ALP was to incorporate community-based adaptation approaches into development policies and programmes in the pilot countries to enable the vulnerable communities to cope with the emerging climate change trend.
He said that ALP would promote climate change resilient livelihoods strategies such as climate change adapted crops, and agricultural techniques.