Egypt will today launch the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050 in an event that will be attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and a large number of ministers.

The strategy aims for achieving sustainable growth that is based on emission reduction in different sectors and improving capacity-building in the realm of coexistence and mitigation of climate change impact. That is out of a belief that coexistence and mitigation are considered mechanisms that would protect the economy.

The strategy also targets the governance of climate work, devising ways to bolster climate funding, as well as reinforcing scientific research, technology, and awareness.

The government had already prepared a bundle of projects designed to accomplish coexistence and mitigation of the socio-economic impact of climate change. These include the new and renewable energy program, consisting of green hydrogen among other sources of power and creating investment opportunities for the private sector.

There is also the transport program, and the carbon sequestration, storage, and transfer program, where the private sector would have a significant role. As for coexistence, there are programs concerned with agriculture, coastal areas protection, and desalination powered by sustainable energy.

The Ministry of Environment had announced on April 17 aspects of the strategy, and are:

The 17 aspects are:

–       Improving the efficiency of thermal power stations, transmission networks, oil and gas activities, devices, electrical equipment, and means of transportation.

–       Improving the efficiency of industrial processes across all sectors.

–       Reinforcing orientation towards sustainable consumption and production to cut emissions from activities non-pertaining to the energy sector.

–       Reducing emissions from animal production activities and recycling agricultural waste.

–       Safe disposition of solid waste, and garnering the gas emitted from such landfills.

–       Encouraging the policies that support the reduction of waste from the source such as promoting single-use plastics. 

–       Reducing the losses and damages that can happen to the state assets and the ecological system due to climate change.

–       Combating the loss of biological diversity, climate change, and deterioration of lands and ecological systems.

–       Preserving protectorates, endemic species, and historical and cultural patrimony.  

–       Establishing developmental communities away from hot areas that are most vulnerable to climate change, selecting the locations through mathematical modeling.

–       Creating infrastructure and services that are resilient in the face of climate change, protecting lowlands in coastal zones, setting integrated management of coastal areas, and implementing flood control systems.

–       Reinforcing wastewater systems in urban areas, and developing rainwater harvesting systems.

–       Empowering women to coexist with the impact of climate change by mapping their needs and priorities, and providing them with the necessary modern technology, and flexible funding.

–       Accomplishing gender equality by tailoring training and funding programs that take into consideration the nature of each gender. 

–       Designating the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders to achieve strategic goals.

–       Reforming sectoral policies relevant to introducing changes required to alleviate the impact of climate change and coexistence with it.

Enhancing Egypt’s rank on the Climate Change Performance Index to attract more investments and acquire more climate funding.


SOURCE: EgyptToday

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