Friday March 16 2012

EAC members troubled over climate change

By Monitor Correspondent

Parliamentarians from the East African Community (EAC) partner states say they are deeply concerned by the impacts of climate change in the region, citing an example of the melting of glaciers on the mountains.

Mr Alex Byarugaba, an MP from Uganda, told a conference on climate change for parliamentarians in Bangladesh that rising temperatures have wiped out large chunks of ice on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Rwenzori.

Mr Byarugaba said the region was at a crossroads in regards to climate change and that “as MPs we must enhance our role - that of influencing and convincing our populations, enforcing legislation and oversight to prevent any further distresses.

Fighting it
The meeting which started on Wednesday, is taking place following harsh climatic conditions occasioned by effects of global warming and comes after the Durban Conference of Parties (COP) 17 held in South Africa in December last year.

It shall, among other areas, discuss the concepts on climate change and the political impact and implications for the parliamentarians as well as setting the pace for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to take place in Brazil in June.

Organisers say the Bangladesh meeting hopes to create a platform for parliamentarians of the most vulnerable nations in order to form and articulate agenda for climate change mitigation as well as disaster risk reduction.