Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sea rising levels a major concern for South Africa #COP17

Minster of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Minister of Economic Development Ibrahim Patel

Xolelwa Mvumvu
29 November 2011

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa says COP17/CMP7 must provide
an opportunity for South Africa and the African continent at large to ensure that climate change and the associated changes in climate do not threaten the developing countries.

Speaking alongside Minister of Economic Development, Ibrahim Patel at the climate talks underway today at the ICC in Durban, Molewa says that it has been projected that by 2018 about 70 million and up to 30% of Africa’s coastal infrastructure face the risk of coastal flooding because of the sea level rising.

Molewa added the African continent hopes to succeed in getting the second term of the Kyoto Protocol as part of climate regime.

Meanwhile, Minister of Economic Development Ibrahim Patel says South Africa has launched a new growth programme. The target of the programme is to create 5million jobs by 2020. He says the programme puts more emphasis on green economy. #COP17

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