EU warns Mozambique to consider the climate impacts of mega projects


(2015-09-24) The head of delegation of the European Union (EU) in Maputo, Sven Burgsdorff, argued yesterday that Mozambique needs to take into account the effects of large projects as a means to avoid “dramatic climate impacts” in the future.

“Mozambique needs, in the design of large projects, in road construction and in logging, to take into account the climate impacts that these measures may have in the future,” said Sven Burgsdorff, speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on climate change and challenges of Mozambique in the 21st Climate Conference (COP21), to be held from November 30 to December 11 in Paris, France.

Highlighting the geographical location of Mozambique, on the coast of Southern Africa, Sven Burgsdorff said that the country must adjust the goals to be set at COP21 to the local reality, adopting a more cohesive surveillance system and favouring the removal of people still living in risk areas.

“It is true that one cannot expect the same ability to act from German and from Mozambique, for example,” said the head of the EU delegation, adding that although Mozambique is a country that pollutes less, the fact that it is cyclically affected by natural disasters forces it to pay more attention to the COP21 goals.

The conference aims to draw up a new agreement to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, reducing global warming.

“If we cannot achieve our goals within the scheduled date, climate implications will be dramatic and all the people living in the world’s coastal areas, including in Mozambique, will have to leave their places,” said Sven Burgsdorff.

Telma Manjate, from the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development, highlighted the importance of complying with COP21 goals, pointing out that the climate issue is a priority under the development plans for the country.

“Mozambique is vulnerable to climate changes and we have adaptation as a priority,” Telma Manjate said, adding that the Government is aware of the importance of this new agreement, but that it needs more financial support for the implementation of projects to combat the natural disasters (calamidades).

“Countries with high levels of pollution, which are the most developed, should give us room for us to industrialize, supporting us financially and technologically, through plans that do not damage the environment,” he said.

Source: Lusa

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