Bourita receives the Minister of the Environment of Congo, carrying a message for the King

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, received, on Tuesday in Rabat, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Congo, and technical coordinator of the Congo Basin Climate Commission, Arlette Soudan-Nonault, carrying a message from the President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou-Nguesso to King Mohammed VI.

In a statement to the press following her meeting with Nasser Bourita, Arlette Soudan-Nonault praised HM the King’s commitment to biodiversity, adding that the Sovereign was behind the proposal to create three African Climate Change Commissions during COP22, namely the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region, the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Island States Climate Commission.

In 2018, the King also participated in the 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission and the Congo Basin Blue Fund, she continued.

In addition, the Congolese minister emphasized the need to continue this “climate diplomacy” and to strengthen the green and blue economies in order to achieve the energy transition, considered as a lifeline in the face of the current climate emergency.

After stressing the importance of the three commissions meeting for the same purpose, the technical coordinator of the Congo Basin Climate Commission noted that the Basin, “which is the second lung of the planet after the Amazon, is the first environmental space in terms of carbon dioxide sequestration”.

The marshes of the Congo Basin alone store “at least 30 to 31 billion tonnes of this gas (CO2, editor’s note), which is equivalent to three years of greenhouse gas emissions on the entire planet”.

In this perspective, Soudan-Nonault argued that the objective of maintaining the temperature of the planet at 5°C cannot be achieved without taking into account the problem of the Congo Basin.

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