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AU calls on African countries to establish climate change early warning systems

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Harsen Nyambe, AU Head of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management Commission on Tuesday called on African countries to quickly put in place early warning systems to respond swiftly to effects of climate change.

Nyambe said the continent had been reactive to effects of disasters for a long time hence the need for systems to detect disasters early.

The AU official said time had come for the region to put in place measures that will help in tackling emergency of disasters, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service.

According to him, early warning systems will help countries to plan properly on how to deal with disasters.

“The AU is coming up with the continental framework that links up with the global initiatives that will surely avert the effects of climate change as highlighted in the Agenda 2063,” he said.

He further said the AU was working with regional economic communities such as COMESA to enhance the tree planting and conservation exercises which were key ingredients towards ending climate resilience.

Mclay Kanyangarara, COMESA Climate Change Coordinator, said the adverse effect of climate change had resulted in insufficient power generation at some power plants in the region, resulting in power cuts.

He said countries needed to come up with resilient mechanisms because the effects of climate change were real.

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