Menfi: Rain scarcity, decline in water resources signal severe droughts in Libya

Menfi: Rain scarcity, decline in water resources signal severe droughts in Libya

November 08, 2022 - 20:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, said on Tuesday that Libya is one of the most sensitive countries to climate change, indicating that the scarcity of rainwater and the decline of water resources in recent years signal severe droughts that are increasing with time as a result of dryness and salinity of the soil, decreasing its fertility due to the loss of topsoil, and the evaporation of water bodies resulting from seasonal rain at an unprecedented rate.

In his speech during the United Nations Climate Summit “COP-27” in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Menfi added that all this is happening due to rising temperatures and desertification, as well as the decline of vegetation cover, warning that Libya is one of the most threatened countries due to rising sea levels, as it has the longest coast of an African country on the Mediterranean basin, which extends more than 1,770 km, and this coastal strip is home to more than 95% of the population.

"We started activating the work of the National Committee on Climate Change, and raising awareness levels of the need to engage with the international community in supporting efforts aimed at stopping the repercussions of climate change," he said, underscoring Libya's participation in the work of the Conference of Parties 26 in the Scottish city of Glasgow to push the negotiating process towards reducing the rate of global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as well as Libya’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed in 2015.

Menfi said that the Presidential Council aimed for Libya to restore its active role in its regional and international surroundings, and to abide by its commitments in order to achieve the global goals of sustainable development, which guarantee a decent life for future generations, and preserve the environment.

"Libya, despite the political crisis it is going through, requires concentrating efforts locally, and that is why the Presidential Council, as it carries out its international obligations towards the environment and climate, immigration and the economy, security and peace, is sending a message to the world about the shape of the state that Libyans aspire to build. It's a civil state open to the world, committed to international programs and treaties, especially treaties and programs on the environment and the climate." Menfi said.