SADC nations are urged to increase efforts in protecting the environment

An official of the Southern African Development Community said that SADC members are obliged to speed up policies aimed at protecting our environment.

Boemo Seksgoma told regional parliamentarians in a webinar, that the SADC Parliamentary Forum’s secretary general can ensure that government and industry adhere to environmental regulations and committments.

Sekgoma said that parliaments play a crucial role in establishing and enforcing regulatory frameworks for the environment. These frameworks are designed to reduce pollution and promote renewable energies, while protecting natural resources.

The webinar was organized to celebrate the late 2024 World Environment Day with the theme “Our Land”. “Our Future”, with an emphasis on land restoration and desertification, as well as drought resilience.” The SADC headquarters was located in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital.

Sekgoma stated that parliaments should prioritize climate-resilient policy and support initiatives to enhance adaptive capacity, protect endangered species, their habitats, promote resource efficiency, prevent overexploitation and pollution levels and encourage cleaner production methods.

According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), up to 40% of the land on the planet is degraded. This directly affects half of the global population. According to the UN, the number and durations of droughts has increased by 29 per cent since 2000. Without urgent action, the UN estimates that droughts could affect more than three quarters of the global population by 2050.

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