In Togo, 36% of the population associate climate change with bad weather conditions (Afrobarometer)

Economic governance
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:22
In Togo, 36% of the population associate climate change with bad weather conditions (Afrobarometer)

(Togo First) - Only one Togolese out of three has heard of climate change. This was revealed in a survey conducted by Afrobarometer over the 2016-2018 period.

According to the study which covered 33 African countries and assessed how Africans perceive climate change and its impact on humanity, one out of three Togolese (36%) associate climate change with bad weather phenomenon (natural disasters, global warming, heavy rains and their devastating consequences).

While over half of the African population (63%) associate climate change with degrading weather conditions, in West Africa. Togolese are the second after Benin (37%) to believe this.

Over all the 33 nations surveyed, Mauritians, Gabonese and Ugandans are the most aware of the issue. The least informed are Tunisia, Liberia and Mozambique.

In Togo, still according to Afrobarometer, only 19% of the Togolese population, while establishing between climate change and bad weather conditions have not heard of measures to tackle or contain the phenomenon. This reflects efforts implemented by Togolese powers, their technical and financial partners and the civil society to tackle climate change and its effects. Among these is the Anti-Climate Change Programme (PALCC) which benefits from a €10 million funding; about half (€5.5 million) of this sum is distributed to NGOs and the Forest Exploitation and Development Office (ODEF) for community-oriented actions.

Togo, it should be emphasized, is one of the countries on the continent with the least share of the population that has not been sensitized about climate change and its consequences. Indeed, the average in Africa is 29%. Paradoxically, 45% of the Togolese population are not aware of climate change; a concerning figure but still below a peak of 69% in Africa and an average of 43%.

Séna Akoda

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