Launching the project, the energy minister Tsukutlane Au said the effect of climate change were affecting countries worldwide, both rich and poor alike.In Lesotho, the effects have been devastating as several people lost lives and property due to extreme climate conditions. Mr Au said initiations like those which capacitated Lesotho to be able to design and implement programmes and projects that would enhance its resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, were long overdue. He said there were a number of efforts Lesotho had been engaged in over the years in response to climate change challenges.
In recent years, he said Lesotho developed climate change strategy and policy frameworks which include the 2017 National Climate Change Policy (NCCP 2017) and the 2018 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).The documents, he said, outlined a number of actions to be implemented to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change.
“The policy specifically recognises the need to strengthen climate governance through the establishment of institutions working on climate change, enhancing coordination of all stakeholders, mobilisation of financial resources and increasing public awareness. “The readiness project will contribute towards achieving the objective of the policy, on the other hand, the NDC provides a list of initiatives Lesotho is committed to undertake with the availability of funds,” the minister also said.