Friday, June 6, 2014
Pact with SQU to implement national strategy signed — MUSCAT — The Sultanate represented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs joins the rest of the world in marking the World Environment Day which falls on June 5 each year and held this year under the theme ‘Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level’. The theme of this year focuses on ‘Small Islands and Climate Change’ and the challenges faced due to climate change and natural disasters. Over the past four years, since 2009, the Sultanate has been contributing to drafting the fifth report of the international governmental agencies in charge of climate change. The report decisively affirmed that the rapid climate change over the past 100 years is the outcome of human activities, especially those related to gas emissions.
Over the past years, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs made some environmental evaluations and studies about the effects of climate change on the Sultanate, the last of which was the first national notification report. The report is pared as per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) standards and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a bid to complement the national efforts to address the negative effects of climate change, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs signed an agreement with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) to implement the national strategy for acclimatisation and alleviating the effects of climate change.
The strategy aims at identifying the effects and risks of climate change on certain sectors and evaluating such effects and risks as per international standards. It also includes developing plans and programmess to reduce gas emissions and building national capacities in the field of climate change. — ONA
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