"Today, it’s almost established that the world knows real problem of climate change impacts on different sectors of development such as agriculture, livestock, fisheries, health and the environment in general. These sectors, said the coordinator of CARPE / IUCN in DRC, directly affecting more than 80% of Congolese who mostly live in rural areas and are already beginning to feel the effects of disturbance of the seasons, said in Kinshasa Monday, February 6, 2012, Toussaint Molenge, coordinator of the Central Africa Regional Program of the environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (CARPE / IUCN-DRC) at the opening ceremony of the workshop to sensitize stakeholders on the process of vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change.
The workshop aimed not only to inform stakeholders at different levels on the vulnerability evaluation process and adaptation options in the various economic sectors of the DR Congo, but also begin the process of update program PANA (National Action Plan to adapt to change and vulnerability climate) 2006 for the integration of priority actions in national planning tools and most importantly, establish an operational framework for consultation and management of the adaptation process.
Toussaint Molenge said that for these reasons CARPE / IUCN supports the idea of vulnerability evaluation of key economic sectors of the country and to identify key priority options of immediate response, in the eyes of the national communities’ perception facing climate change, and define rural communities’ strategies.
"This workshop was a special event in terms of contribution to mainstreaming adaptation to climate change in our national development policies. Governments and civil society, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, should work together to end the widespread damage caused to humanity by climate change but humanity faces a great challenge that research must find solutions, "said Vincent Kasulu Seya Makonga, sustainable development manager of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism Ministry.
According to a document released to the press, it states that in DRC, climate scientists predict an increase in average temperatures of 0.8 C by 2025 and 1.7 C by 2050. Changes in rainfall on the one hand advocating an increase in rainfall over much of the country, and secondly, a decrease in the magnitude of which is getting worse from the East Zone (Maniema), passing in the lands of the coast (Bas- Congo) and finally in the savanna zone (especially the far south of the country whose Katanga).