Presentation of the Environmental Monitoring in the Cuvelai Basin Project

Cuvelai Basin - Credit: UNDP

The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presented on the 22nd of May, in Luanda, a project to reduce the vulnerability of the Cuvelai Basin to climate change, which focuses on climate adaptation.

Established under the National Action Plan for Adaptation (NAPA), the project has the following components: technology transfer for climate monitoring and environmental capacity building of national and local hydro meteorological services in Angola, and the monitoring of atmospheric conditions of climate change in the Cuvelai Basin.

Highlights

  • The main component of the project is the technology transfer for climate monitoring and environmental capacity building of national and local hydro meteorological services in Angola
  • The project aims to identify communities of small farmers in the Cuvelai River Basin and their risks and vulnerabilities

"By implementing this plan, we present the project as related to the reduction of poverty, drought and desertification, the need for adaptation and mitigation of climate change, and the implications and challenges of sustainable development," said the Minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim, at the event.

The UN Coordinator in Angola and Resident Representative of UNDP, Maria do Valle Ribeiro, stressed the importance of the effects of climate change on Angola and encouraged the adoption of measures and programs that will enable the people to adapt to new geographic and climatic realities in order to achieve increasingly sustainable development for the well- being of the population.

Maria Ribeiro acknowledged the efforts of the Angolan Government in response to the drought in Cunene and other provinces in southern Angola, and reiterated the willingness and availability of the UN to monitor, support and contribute to the national response plan.

The project aims to identify communities of small farmers in the Cuvelai River Basin and their risks and vulnerabilities, and to strengthen the planning and adaptation to the local climate by updating the Master Plan of Cunene with the best practices