Environment & Climate Change
Climate Change and the resulting variability represent one of the most serious emerging environmental threats to coastal areas. How to cope with it in a coordinated manner has consequently become a hot topic of discussion between institutions, governments and various stakeholders. Effects of climate change include sea-level rise, extreme climate events, increase in the occurrence of natural disasters, habitat destruction, possible saltwater intrusion into groundwater system, adverse effects on crops and fisheries, and increase in vector-borne diseases.
ELRI’s work strategy in this area is focused on proffering recommendations for good governance. In this regard, it advocates for the development of a climate change policy framework. This becomes imperative for economic growth, sustained peace and security, and human development without which most of government’s development goals like the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be attained. Developing countries are tasked with the responsibility for designing and adopting governance frameworks that will support and guide appropriate policies, legislations and institutional arrangement based on climate science, rule of law and the general principles of the international climate change regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. ELRI therefore is committed to ensuring that such governance system provides the requisite organizational and institutional capacities as well as coherent actions that are based on transparency, accountability, equity and participatory approaches.