Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah (MP), Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development has called for the need to strengthen interventions to address climate change.
Ensuring that all stakeholders at all levels are involved and playing their part to help address the negative effects of climate change in this country.
He said the programme was timely given the recent occurrences across the world of which have been attributed to climate change.
“We are all aware of the recent floods, mudslides and bush fires that have occurred in several countries across the world which led to massive destruction of property and loss of lives as well as disruption of social services”, he said.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Akuapem South Constituency made the call at the launch of the Communication and Local Governance on Climate Programme at the Justice D.F. Anna Auditorium, Parliament House.
He indicated that Ghana also had its fair share of floods of which some communities experienced flooding during the rainy season this year.
However, it has been noted that this year’s rainy season started quite late and the country experienced less rain than normally occurs affecting the main farming season in the country.
“These occurrences clearly shows that we are all affected one way or the other by the adverse effects of climate change no matter which part of the world we find ourselves and it is important that we continue to build our resilience against climate change” he indicated.
Hon. Amoah said the Government was aware of the adverse effects of climate change on the various sectors of the economy especially agriculture, energy, water resources, health and livelihoods in the local and rural areas of Ghana.
Explaining that, the increasingly negative effects of climate change has manifested in rising temperatures, reduced and unreliable rainfall patterns, extreme storm events and changing seasonal patterns which have become more threatening in recent times.
“It is therefore important that there are concerted efforts to quickly respond to this phenomenon by formulating the appropriate policies, plans, and programmes and intensifying the mobilisation of local governments to effectively mainstream climate change into interventions to adapt or mitigate the negative effects of climate change “, he added
He said in line with localising the climate change actions, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development recently introduced interventions to sensitise Metropolitan, Municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), build capacity and provide financial support for the implementation of activities that create green-based livelihoods and alternative livelihoods.
Some of these interventions he said include the Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) Project/ Boosting Green Enterprise and Employment Opportunities (GrEEn) Project supported by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP) funded by the World Bank.
Hon. Amoah said the LoCAL Project provides funding for MMDAs to implement climate-related activities using the District Assembly Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) and the GPSNP seeks to strengthen and improve social safety nets and productive inclusion of the poor and vulnerable.
He added that “the district development planning process which is in progress, also provides a great opportunity for MMDAs to plan and budget for climate change activities within their areas of jurisdiction”.
Explaining further, he indicated that, a sector plan is also an advocacy tool that MMDAs can use to mobilise resources to implement climate change activates.
He, therefore, urged all MMDAs to give serious consideration to climate change activities as they prepare their 2022 – development plans. 2025 district
“The goals and objectives of all the policies and plans would not be achieved if stakeholders are not well informed and are therefore unable to provide the necessary support” Hon. Amoah said.
He said he expected that the programme would contribute immensely to information sharing and education of all stakeholders at the local level.
While it will also help mobilise support from both state and non-state actors at the sub-national level working closely with the local government structures to implement interventions to address the increasingly negative effects of climate change in the country.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to collaborate with all stakeholders to strengthen Ghana’s resilience against climate change. We, therefore, look forward to working closely with CCLG-Africa especially at the sub-national level on climate change.
Indicating that, in so doing, Ghana will make good progress towards achieving SDG Goal 13 on Climate Change that would influence the achievement of other equally important SDG goals.