Daily Observer senior reporter and Environment Columnist, Bekai Njie Wednesday left for Marrakech, Morocco to attend the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP12). The forum opened on Monday, November 7, at the Bab Ighli village site in Marrakech.
Mr. Njie will be part of over 1,500 journalists from across the globe accredited by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to cover this global climate convergence.
At the Bab Ighli village where the conference is taking place, 20,000 participants are expected at the site from 196 countries. During the event, he would have the opportunity to cover the adaption solutions for African Agriculture slated for 13, November 2016.
The event is expected to be the most comprehensive gathering of high-level experts in African agricultural adaptation at COP22 in Marrakech.
Discussions will centre on how to implement an ambitious new initiative launched by the Moroccan government, that seeks to mobilise $30 billion for Africa to transform and adapt its agriculture to a changing climate.
The event will also showcase the most promising climate adaptation strategies for the continent, which could deliver food security to the 230 million people still suffering from chronic hunger in the region.
“COP22 is a global event, but this time, it’s viewed as an African COP, because there is hope that it would create a brief window of opportunity for the continent to put its priorities on the global table as the lowest emitter of the greenhouse gas,” he said.
He added; “I think what is highly important for Africa today is to rigorously push for funding for adaption. Adaptation is a necessity and it was purely neglected during the Paris climate discussion, therefore, our climate and agricultural experts have, in Marrakesh that sort of opportunity to push it through.”
by Binta Jammeh