Report warns all parts of Rwanda remain vulnerable to effects of climate change

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-26 20:01:48|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KIGALI, June 26 (Xinhua) -- All parts of Rwanda remain with varying levels of vulnerability to effects of climate change despite national efforts, researchers said in a vulnerability report released here on Wednesday.

The increasing impact of climate change is likely to be felt in all parts of Rwanda in all climate sensitive sectors and across all the systems that support household livelihoods, said the report titled Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report.

Done in 2018 by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), it was released at a workshop of experts from different government institutions.

Increases or improvements in adaptive capacity are helping to reduce the vulnerability of the country in the face of climate change, however, these improvements have been offset to some extent by increases in the impact of climate change, it said.

Global changes in climate are affecting the central African country in many complex ways, including climate related hazards such as floods, landslides and droughts as well as windstorms and severe rainstorms that have struck the country in recent years with devastating effects on the population.

The report also found Rwanda's Southern Province as the most vulnerable among the four provinces and the city of Kigali, while Huye district in Southern Province is the most vulnerable district among all the 30 districts in the country.

Northern Province was identified as the province that has the lowest vulnerability by the report.

It called on district leaders to make commitments to take action, which should be focused on building the adaptive capacity in different administrative levels in most districts.