New PM speaks on climate change
MASERU – Prime Minister Ntsokoane Samuel Matekane says it is critical that the country invests in climate change resilience to address risks climate change inflicts on the country’s economic growth efforts.
Delivering his speech during his inauguration ceremony, Matekane articulated that Lesotho is highly exposed to climate change hazards, including droughts, floods, storms, strong winds, heavy snowfall and severe snow.
He said floods from extreme rainfall in the country that occur frequently impact the population, economic activity and the environment, further stating that the extreme weather conditions pose extensive risk to water infrastructure and service delivery.
“Climate change will further stress our water reserves, which as you know, is one of Lesotho’s most valuable resources contributing no less than eight to 10 percent to our GDP,” he noted.