Monday, October 26, 2020

TK to push for adoption of Natural Resource Policy at upcoming UNEA

Botswana’s minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the preservation of the natural habitat by saying he will push for the International community to come up with a clear natural resource plan at the upcoming United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

TK said Botswana alongside DRC, Zimbabwe and Kenya, “will table a resolution that seeks to develop policies and programmes that will enable countries to sustainably harness natural capital, crack down on illicit financial flows, reverse the degradation of environmental assets and foster international cooperation.”

He also said there is an urgent need for the international community to pass the resolution as it would enhance the productivity of ecosystems and foster sustainable development. “It is crucial that the world comes together to pass this resolution so that we can expand and diversify our economies, create jobs, achieve food security, enhance the productivity of our ecosystems and achieve a more inclusive society.”

In clear cut terms, the minister said the world has a “moral obligation” to protect and save ecosystems as they contribute immensely in tackling some of the most critical problems facing humanity such as hunger, poverty, disease and climate change.

More than 70 per cent of people depend on forests and woodlands for a living in Sub Saharan Africa. Ecosystems like the Okavango Delta are instrumental in the economy as they provide livelihoods for herders, farmers and fishermen.

Khama also urged governments to tackle illicit financial flows and redirect the funds back into African economies and ensure that these funds are used to boost natural capital-based sectors like clean energy and agriculture.

UNEA which is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment will meet this May in Kenya. Apart from developing policies that will harness natural capital, the assembly will come up with plans to crack down on illicit financial flows, reverse the degradation of environmental assets and foster international cooperation.

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