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China to boost African environmental leadership

18 July 2014, 13:15

Nairobi - China's Ministry of Science and Technology, United Nations Environmental Programme and Kenya's top research institutions and government agencies will meet on Tuesday next week to share key findings from the pan-regional UNEP-China-Africa Cooperation Programme on Environment.

The UNEP-China-Africa Cooperation Programme on Environment is a multi-million dollar South-South cooperation partnership that has so far successfully implemented six ground-breaking projects.

The diverse range of projects showcase scalable innovations in water resource planning water-saving techniques early-warning drought alerts and technologies for combating desertification.

“Among the many findings and insights that will be shared will be a national master plan for rainwater harvesting in Kenya and new low-cost technologies which can reduce the cost of providing safe drinking water to rural areas by 50 percent,” said UNEP in a statement on Friday.

According to UNEP, it is estimated that by 2030, between 75 and 250 million Africans will be living in areas of high water stress resulting in a crop yield decrease of 23 percent.

Enhancing African capacities to address serious environmental challenges is critical to ensuring that Africa's natural resource base can meet the needs of the continent's growing population.

In the initiative, Chinese experts will train hundreds across the continent in cost-saving, sustainable land management, rainwater harvesting and dry-land agriculture.

The programme has enlisted the expertise of 20 Chinese academic institutions and dozens of African universities and research institutions across 16 African countries to demonstrate the positive impacts of new low-cost technologies training and experimentation on sustainable ecosystem management and climate change adaptation.

 - CAJ News

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