Cape Verde will invest in renewable energy it its efforts to mitigate the consequences of climate change, it was announced Saturday.
Sea level rise, loss of agriculture fields, changes in rain patterns and high temperatures are some of the visible consequences the island country is experiencing.
The country is pushing a project called ‘renewable energies centre and energy efficiency’ which will see it build dams and plant 20,000 hectares of additional forest cover.
It is also backing a legally binding and universal agreement on climate during the Climate Summit in Paris that starts on November 30.
The Cape Verde archipelago sits on the north Atlantic off the western coast of Africa, opposite Senegal and Mali.
It has few natural resources and suffers from scant rainfall and limited fresh water.
The country’s economy has been affected aersely by the impact of climate change.
As a solution the country’s government wants to embrace more renewable energy options so as to reduce carbon emissions.
A 2011 environmental study indicated sea level rise had rendered considerable arable land in Cape Verde to lose fertility, thus affecting the means of subsistence of many families.
Cape Verde director-general of the environment, Mr. Moises Borges, also notes that rain patterns have dramatically changed, with prolonged drought in some years and intense rains in others.
The heavy rains as experienced this year also harm the infrastructure.
In Cape Verde the rainy season traditionally covers July to September, but for this year the rains poured in October and November.
The Western Africa country has a population of an estimated 508,000 people.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW