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West African countries agree on climate strategy

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have agreed on a regional strategy to deal with global warming over the next decade. Members of the regional organization, in agreement with the European Union, plan to spend $294 billion over the next 10 years to address the challenges of climate change.

“Between 2020 and 2030, we estimate (necessary spending) at around $294 billion,” Sekou Sangare, ECOWAS commissioner for agriculture, environment and water resources, said April 29 during a meeting. a press conference in Accra.

He said the strategy also aims to raise awareness about the adoption of new lifestyles to help combat global warming and calls for the cooperation of regional institutions, the 15 ECOWAS member states, their partners and stakeholders. of civil society. It also aims for a regional policy compatible with the Paris climate agreement. The workshop represents the last step in the process of formulating the 1st regional climate strategy of the ECOWAS Commission.

Coastal degradation and erosion are major challenges, particularly in West Africa, according to the 2019 State of the Climate Annual Report. About 56% of the coasts of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and of Togo are affected by erosion, a phenomenon that is predicted to increase.

Some tea growers in Kenya are turning to other crops as climate change threatens tea plantations in the country. Once a hub for perfecting tea growing conditions, the world’s largest black tea exporter is now seeing the effects of climate change.

A May 2021 report by Charity Christian Aid said that by 2050 climate change will reduce the optimum conditions for tea production in Kenya by more than a quarter, harming farmers and workers.