Africa’s largest trading bloc said on Tuesday that it has developed a draft regional resilience framework aimed at helping member states build capacity to withstand disasters occasioned by adverse effects of climate change.
The development of the framework has been informed by the increasing vulnerability of regional countries to climate change and other disasters such as flooding, landslides, droughts, cyclones and disease epidemics, according to a release.
The framework will also address the fragmented and haphazard approach to managing risks, shocks and stresses, which has proved to be ineffective as the magnitude of loss and damage continues to escalate.
He said the draft framework will be subjected for further scrutiny by member states before presenting to the COMESA policy organs for adoption and subsequently implementation.
Resilience will build the capacity of member states to reduce the risk of climate change disasters on the national economies, he added.
According to the release, COMESA has partnered with cooperating partners such as the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities, United Nations Development Program and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in coming up with the framework.
Gatkuoth Kai, a representative from the AUC said in the release that the climate change disasters were not only increasing but also becoming more unpredictable.
“The effective tool of building resilience is to recognize that disasters will continue to occur but should not affect our lives hence the importance of developing and implementing the resilience framework,” he said. Enditem