Angola: Government Integrates Environmental Policies

Doha — The Angolan Environment minister, Fátima Jardim, Wednesday in Doha (Qatar), said that the Government has been integrating environmental policies that, with international assistance, has been contributing to the reinforcement of food self-sufficiency, substitution of import, valorisation of the family and gender equality.

Fátima Jardim was speaking at the plenary session of the 18th United Nations Conference on Climate Alterations (COP-18) and the 8tht Conference of the Parties Signatories of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP-8), on December 5.

The minister said that the cooperation within the multilateral framework has been permitting the integration and updating of a population policy, aimed at the creation of conditions for the consolidation of the National Development and Sustainable Development of the resources in favour of the improvement of the living of the populations."

Fátima Jardim said that cooperation in the multilateral framework has allowed the integration and updating of a population policy aimed at "the creation of conditions for the consolidation of the National Development Strategy and the sustainable management of resources in order to improve the living of the people."

"As regards to the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Angola has developed a long-term strategy, working in this second declaration and is implementing the National Climate Change Adaptation, and has been developing actions of training for the adoption of a green economy, " she said.

She stressed that the purpose of he Republic of Angola approved a Strategy of Energy Security, which included a contribution to the gradually increasing renewable energy sources such as hydro, solar and wind.

The minister deplored that the constraints caused by climate change have had a significant implications for biodiversity and increasing desertification, "which means that we work in a multilateral framework and multidisciplinary perspective, aiming to solve problems in agriculture and livelihood of the rural communities."

The environment minister said that Angola participates with the DRC and Congo on an important tripartite initiative aimed at preserving the Maiombe Forest, creating biosphere reserves, protection of bio-diversity and sustainable management of forest resources and enhancing cooperation between the states and interested partners.

She stated, however, that Angola is engaged in initiatives aimed at creating conservation areas to preserve the environment and integrated development of the region and the Zambezi-Kavango desert zone, as well as other initiatives of shared management of water resources.

The Angolan minister considered the Kyoto Protocol approach to be the legal instrument of the parties in terms of mitigation and adaptation to climate changes and a basis for dialogue for adjustment principles and practices that should be adopted to the real needs of development.

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