MICSTI PARTAKES AT CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP
Written by Maseipone Mokhethi, Analysed by Nokofa Hlabathe , and Photo by Salemone Ramangoaela,
13 Jan 2023
The Ministry of Information, Communications, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MICST) will be represented at the two-day climate change validation workshop to be held in Thaba-Bosiu later today, Wednesday.
At this workshop organised by the Nationally Designated Authority (Meteorology DPS) in partnership with the implementing entity otherwise Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Senior Research Officer, Mr. Tsépo Ntho of the Department of Science and Technology, will represent MICSTI.
In an interview prior to his departure, the Senior Research Officer highlighted the need for the Ministry as the Government of Lesotho’s focal point of reference in issues of science and technology to be represented at this crucial meeting. He indicated that National Climate Change Committee members from Government, private and civil society organisations will converge.
“Climate change issues in relation to a resilient recovery strategy and investment plan will be discussed including reflecting on the priority areas and potential project locations amongst others.” Mr. Ntho unveiled.
The workshop’s funding is said to come from Green Climate Fund Readiness Support to implement a one-year project called Resilient Recovery Rapid Readiness Support in Lesotho.
This workshop came at the time when His Majesty King Letsie III strongly called Basotho in two conservative years (New Year’s Speeches), for relevant authorities to bring about possible solutions to and adherence measures meant to enable the nation cope with the effects of climate change.
In conclusion, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goal number 13 talk about climate change and its impacts. Nations are urged to take action against climate change and its effects as an estimated 700 million people will be at risk of displacement by drought alone in or before 2030. With the global temperature already at 1.1ºC according to United Nations, all are called to join forces in addressing these challenges.