Salifou Sawadogo, Burkina Faso's environment minister, told a special forum on climate change Africa requires $65 billion to deal with the effects of global warming.
The environment minister was speaking at the seventh World Forum on Sustainable Development. This Forum is taking place two months before a United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen which is meant to seal a planet-saving global deal.
According to iafrica.com, the Burkina Faso environment minister said "We think $65-billion are needed to deal with the effects of climate change on a continental scale. That is to say that our expectations are very high.”
The United Nations, the African Union and the government of Burkina Faso organized the event. Policy makers will meet with several African government leaders to examine the opportunities climate change could offer for sustainable development.
"We are all on the same planet so there is a duty of solidarity to help the most vulnerable countries, like we are, implement policies to adapt to climate change," Sawadogo said.