MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay is seeking to deal with the problem of climate change with a regional approach, the country’s environment minister said on Tuesday during the launch of Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week.
“I feel that the region isn’t as united as it should be, having the same problems, like financing, to fight climate change,” Eneida de Leon told reporters after the opening ceremony.
A country cannot be “alone” in the fight against climate change, De Leon said.
Governments have the responsibility to come up with policies that prevent or mitigate climate change, the environment minister said, adding that environmental degradation hits the “most vulnerable populations” hardest.
“In our country, which is a very small country, sometimes half of the land is flooded and the other half is in a drought. This had never happened before in Uruguay,” De Leon said.
Even though Uruguay is one of the least polluting countries, it is one of the nations “most affected by climate change,” the environment minister said.
“Our people live close to the coasts, on rivers and streams, and are constantly suffering the extremes. In agriculture and livestock, there are droughts followed by floods for the people that live in the worst conditions,” De Leon said.
The CAF-Development Bank of Latin America’s Uruguay manager, German Rios, also participated in the ceremony, saying that the seminar was a great opportunity for all agencies involved in the battle against climate change to come together and fight CO2 emissions.