The Minister of Energy and Meteorology, Mr. Mohapi Mohapinyane on Wednesday officiated the launching of the implementation of a five-year climate change early warning system project.

This project is aimed at strengthening the climate monitoring capabilities, early warning systems and human resources in Lesotho in order to effectively address climate impact and better plan adaptation to climate change and reduce vulnerability in the key Sectors that include agriculture, rangelands,  human health and water management systems in targeted communities.

Giving his remarks, Mr Mohapinyane said the establishment of early warning system will help Lesotho to avoid damage of property and loss of lives due to climate change.

He mentioned that the country is experiencing severe drought, strong winds, thunderstorm and sometimes snow in summer, saying this results in damage of property and loss of lives thus living many households vulnerable.

He stressed that there is a need to increase development and implementation of early weather detection, saying it will help reduce the county’s vulnerability to climate change impacts.

He added that the ministry is mandated to advice the government about issues relating to weather and climate change hence the ministry is working tirelessly to educate Basotho about climate change.

“Disasters that occur in Lesotho are climate based,” Mr. Mohapinyane stressed, noting that he strongly supports the starring committee for serving the interest of the public and giving the project a direction.

Also speaking, the UN Representative, Mr. Salvator Niyozima said this project is a remarkable intuition that aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability from the  impact of climate change by increasing adaptive capacity to vulnerable households.

He said Lesotho physical effects of climate change temperatures were rising in 2019, adding that the country was the second highest since 2016 was the hottest year on record.

“Precipitation has changed, rain is expected to increase, and droughts become more intense,” Mr. Niyozima stressed

He remarked that the increasing drought, heat waves, floods will destroy variable land, noting that land degradation, which will affect farmers negatively will also affect food security hence the Lesotho population as harvest failed.

He mentioned that in July 2020, drought and COVID-19 increased prevalence of food security and 35 percent of population lacks access to nutritious food.

The project which is co-financed by Global Environment Facility and the government of Lesotho started in 2019 and will end in 2024.

The project will be demonstrated in six pilot sites to test the effectiveness of EWS on “nowcast” weather, flood forecasting and advisories capacity and these sites include former three Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) supported EWS I sites in Tosing, Linakeng, Qibing and three additional sites in the upper Tsoelike river catchment, Khubelu river catchment and the middle Hlotse river


By Staff Reporter: ‘Maphoka Likotsi


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