Ethiopian Climate change Stakeholders suggest keeping records of the losses

By Samuel Abate

Addis Ababa, Ethio Negari, February 2, 2023

Ethiopian Climate change Stakeholders suggests to keep records of the losses and damage that have been occurred so far and Build their capacity in order to access from Climate finance.

This is said in a half day workshop organised by Consortium for climate change Ethiopia (CCC-E) , in the presence of government representative, CSO leaders , Climate researchers and stakeholders  in Addis Ababa.

During the workshop, Participant reflect on “Debriefing on key Outcomes of UNFCC COP 27 after power point  presentations by chief  climate negotiator and experts who attended COP 27.

It is believed that Significant progress on the key issue of Loss and Damage and crucial agreements relating to Article 6  are among the key milestones achieved in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The establishment of a fund for loss and damage was a landmark decision made at COP27 in which the working committee is formed till the end of February.

In light of that, government, and CSO that works on the Climate issues must keep  records of the losses and damages that have occurred in all aspects  in order to assist negotiations and implement compensation, Participant stressed.

The Horn of Africa is one of the regions hardest hit by climate change, from southern Ethiopia to northern Kenya and Somalia , 22 million people are at risk of hunger, victims of a historic drought that began in late 2020 and is expected to last for the next few months.

This figure has almost doubled since the beginning of 2022, when 13 million people were facing hunger in the Horn of Africa. In this region, where the population lives mainly on livestock and agriculture, nearly 5.6 million people are now “acutely food insecure” in Somalia, 12 million in Ethiopia and 4.3 million in Kenya, according to the UN.

Since 2016, eight of the 13 rainy seasons have been below normal, according to data from the Climate Hazards Centre, a reference organisation that includes academics and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews).

The current drought is caused by a sequence of five failed rainy seasons since late 2020, the first time this has happened in at least 40 years. However, no famine has yet been officially declared.

The last famine in the region, which killed 260,000 people, half of them children under the age of six in Somalia in 2011, was the result of two consecutive poor rainy seasons.

“Climate change slow down our Economic growth and increase our level of Poverty from 12 % to 14 %”said Webshet Mengistu , Climate team leader at the Ministry of Planning Commission.

In Ethiopia, loss & damage concerns are a reality for both cattle and crops, particularly in lowland parts of the country where pastoralists have been living through a continuous drought for more than two years.

According  to the Ministry of Agriculture, statistics indicate that in the six months between late 2021 and mid-May 2022, between 2.1 and 2.5 million livestock are estimated to have died and Herd sizes are likely to continue to decline.

Therefore participant recommends Ethiopia’S CSO to ready themselves to tap climate finance by building their capacity, working together and keep records of the losses and damages that have occurred  so far  in order to assist negotiations and implement compensation and access finances from any sources.

Further more, Participant suggests CSO that are working on environment protection and  Climate change issues to combine their resources , and strengthened their capacity in proposal writing, and Consultancy in order not to lose the opportunities.

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