climate-change.jpgA call has been made for developed countries to speed up the adaptation funding process to mitigate natural disasters that are hitting the world and appear to be linked to climate change ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Durban.

As preparations for the UN climate change conference to be held in Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9, 2011 hot up, concern has been raised over the failure by developed countries to take seriously issues to do with mitigating measures against climate change.

Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Cde Francis Nhema said managing climate risks is a major challenge today and for the future, adding that the current world events calls for the speeding up of adaptation funding processes.

“Delays in negotiations at the climate change convention and failure by the industrialised countries to put money aside for climate change adaptation in developing countries like Africa which are the worst affected is worrying,” said Cde Nhema.

This year alone, more than 300 major natural disasters have hit the world killing hundreds of thousands of people with the neighboring countries like South Africa and Namibia experiencing unusual floods this winter.

According to some research, the number of reported hydro-meteorological hazards such as droughts, floods, wind storms, landslides or forest fires has significantly increased in recent decades from an average of 195 in 1987 to 1998 to an average of 365 per year in 2000-2006.

In 2007, some 45% of recorded deaths and nearly 70% of total economic losses in the world were due to climate induced disasters.