Mozambique needs US$70 million for climate change project

18 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 June – Mozambique needs funding of at least US$70 million for a project on climate change, as it is “one of the most vulnerable countries in Africa,” that in the future may have “environmental refugees.” the Environment Minister said in Maputo.

Alcinda Abreu said that Mozambique’s partners in the area of climate change would support the strategic evaluation of the Mozambican coast, which is badly affected by erosion, during a press conference attended by Professor Virgílio Viana, director of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) from Brazil.

“In Mozambique climate change is causing enormous damage, particularly coastal erosion, including in the country’s capital, Maputo where soon the sea will advance on the continent,” the minister noted.

Mozambique is one of Africa’s four countries most vulnerable to climate change particularly in terms of the annual floods it experiences, which directly affect people’s lives and property, as well as affecting the state of land.

Mozambique has been in partnership with the Brazilian foundation since March when a memorandum of understanding was signed in four areas of the environmental sector, specifically conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, climate changes, training and cooperation in environmental education. (macauhub)