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NGO criticizes reduced budget for the environment

An Angolan non-governmental organization criticized this Monday the reduced budgetary quota allocated to the environmental sector in the country, “far below universal standards”, and defended that Angola should focus its climate change mitigation actions on humans.


For Carlos Cambuta, director general of Action for Rural Development and Environment (ADRA), it is positive that the Government has public policies to mitigate the effects of climate change, although these are more focused on the southern region of the country.

Cuando-Cubango, Cunene and Huíla are the southern provinces of the country, he recalled, with more actions to mitigate climate change, due to the fact that the region is the most affected by the drought.

"But there is a need to rethink climate change mitigation actions, which do not just involve building dams or restoring irrigation ditches, but the concept needs to go further," said Carlos Cambuta this Monday, speaking to Lusa.

"Going beyond means putting man at the center of all attention, because man has been, on the one hand, the person affected, but, on the other hand, the cause of the consequences of climate change", he noted.

The official insisted on the need to design policies aimed at people "so that all citizens participate in the process of formulating and implementing policies for living with the effects of climate change".

In statements within the scope of the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27), which is taking place in Egypt, the ADRA leader also criticized the reduced budget allocated to the environment sector in Angola.

Carlos Cambuta defends greater priority for public funding for the environmental sector, considering that the allocation for this sector at the level of the OGE (General State Budget) is "far below universal standards".

"This may not contribute so that the actions that are planned can be effectively implemented", he stressed.

The head of the non-governmental organization also defended the need for the country to contain poverty by strengthening agricultural associations and cooperatives so that families, especially in vulnerable situations, do not devastate the trees.

Because "it has been the families in poverty and vulnerability that, not finding a means of support, resort to the practice of felling trees, which ends up harming the environment", he stressed.

"One way to overcome this is to have sustainable programs to support these people in situations of poverty and vulnerability", he pointed out.

The Environment minister, Ana Paula de Carvalho, who is part of the Angolan delegation headed by the vice-president, Esperança da Costa, who is participating in COP27, said that Angola has an agenda aimed at mobilizing funding for environmental projects.

The official, quoted by Angolan public radio, said that the delegation will present at this world meeting the country's strategy on climate change, in line with international standards.

Limiting global warming and reducing the use of fossil fuels is one of the main objectives of the conference that runs until the 18th of this month in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheik.

"Globally, we hope that more than making recommendations, there is a commitment on the part of the States so that there are in fact actions that contribute to ensuring that this phenomenon cannot affect people", underlined Carlos Cambuta.

The issue of commitment, "namely in the management of natural resources, is fundamental, and there is also a commitment to foster partnerships not only between States, but also at the level of civil society organizations", concluded the director-general of ADRA


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