By: Shukria Kohistani
National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) says Afghanistan is among 10 countries that are facing with serious climate threat. It is the first time the Authority has received budget from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to address climate problems of the country.
Speaking in a joint news conference with representative of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), deputy of policy and international relations for the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) Edress Malyar said that Afghanistan was facing with serious threat of climate; therefore, they should seriously work to fight it.
“Studies are showing that Afghanistan is among 10 countries of the world suffering from weather change and if necessary steps are not taken in this regard, our country will further face with increasing threats of weather. Previously, our country had faced with drought every 10 years, but now the country faces with drought every other year. As a government, we are making effort to have our preparation in this regard,” Malyar said.
National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) and relevant international organizations are jointly working to have their preparations to fight and address weather threats in the country.
For the first time, the respective authority has received $300,000 budget from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to strengthen environment protection in Afghanistan.
The money will be spent in the field of weather, hygienic water, production of energy and other section related to environment protection and prevention of water and weather pollution.
According to National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), Afghanistan needs $4.17 billion during 2020 – 2030 to overall address weather problems of the country.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) representative for Afghanistan Rejendra Aryal says thousands of US dollars is needed to address climate change in the country. Aryal further said that Afghanistan got support project to fight and address climate change.
“It is the first project that can support us to get further budget in this regard – Afghanistan has been facing with serious climate problems for the past few years, but this project can support us to fight possible climate threats in the country,” Aryal added.
It is said that climate change is concerning worldwide, but Afghanistan, which is one of the poorest countries of the world, cannot work on addressing climate threats without foreign assistance.
It is worth mentioning that using low quality fuel and coal by people, improper using of water, increasing population in big cities of the country and some other issues can result in creating climate problems in Afghanistan.
Currently, most countries of the world including Asian countries, European and western countries are facing with such threats of climate and the problem is increasing day by day.