7 March 2013

Nigeria: African Countries Tackle Water Scarcity to Combat Climate Change

African countries are creating more reliable and accurate climate information, and building more durable, climate-resilient infrastructure across the sectors as part of strategies to cushion the impact of climate change.

A statement issued by the United Nations backed Climate Investment Fund (CIF) said that the African strategy was supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the CIF with the intention of responding to complex problems that climate change was creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy.

Claiming that "by 2020 up to 250 million people in Africa are projected to be exposed to increased water stress with disastrous effects on Africa's most vulnerable," the statement cited examples of countries which are set to apply innovative integrated approaches to strengthening their water, agricultural and energy sectors.

"With AfDB and CIF support, Niger plans to improve its climate observatory system, research and optimize climate modeling, strengthen its early warning system, and expand communication on climate information to end-users. After seven episodes of disastrous drought, the country expects with these investment to boost food production and control the flow of fresh water to fields and pastures. Mozambique, on the other hand, plans to reinforce rural roads and rehabilitate irrigation and drainage systems to withstand weather extremes and sea water intrusions.

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