Mauritania: Nation Is Under Threat and in Need of Support
Nation Is Under Threat and in Need of Support
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania in the drought-ravaged Sahalian was severely threatened by climate change -- ever day.
Thirty percent of the population lived close to the sea, which was being eroded by high seas.
Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Amedi Camara told COP17 Mauritania came to Durban seeking protection from a disaster not of their making.
Mauritania's soil was suffering degradation and loss of vegetation due to flooding.
Energy was in short supply and the sea polluted.
Climate change threatened the economy and very existence of the people of Mauritania.
Camara called for immediate measures to be put in place by COP17.
The government had already put in place special programmes to protect its capital city from erosion and desertification. It planted over a 1000 trees.
But Mauritania, like other developing countries, needed the developed world to support the implementation of their national plan of action.
Multi-sectorial measures in operation in the energy and transport sectors and other areas of the economy required funding.
It was vital that the Green Climate Fund was put in motion to assist developing nations like Mauritania.
People of Mauritania had shown confidence towards the Copenhagen conference, and COP17 should aim to regain it.
Industrialised nations had to sign up for second round of the Koyoto Protocol.
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