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Lesotho

TOTAL POPULATION

2.1 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

2,500 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Africa, YEAR 2014

“A conditional emissions reduction of 35% by 2030.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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LESOTHO | ALL PROJECTS

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Gozo Biova donated € 10 to Program to Combat Deforestation and desert advance in Niger . Elizabet Zhivkova donated € 200 to Help Build a Sustainable Art Community in Ghana . Microplastics: Macroproblems donated € 190 to In Your Face . Robby Block donated € 200 to In Your Face . Kanfideni Raissa donated € 10 to Program to Combat Deforestation and desert advance in Niger . Laurent Cousinier donated € 100 to Help Small Forest Owners in France Maintain Their Land . Rolf Jansen donated € 150 to Help Facilitate Coexistence Between Elephants and Small Holders in Sabah . Thomas Kerby donated € 150 to Help Facilitate Coexistence Between Elephants and Small Holders in Sabah . thomas kerby donated € 170 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Carsten Roland donated € 10 to Empower Female Farmers in Nigeria with Solar-Powered Drying Tents . Afrodita Bojadjieva donated € 10 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Alina Iakovleva donated € 15 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 5 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Abhijit Agarwal donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Zero Waste Event donated € 78 to Promote Public Health in Mozambique through Safe Waste Management . Pub Quiz Event donated € 398 to Provide Eco-Friendly Stoves to Indigenous Guatemalans . Cocktails for the Planet Event donated € 1,594 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Transmodernity Event donated € 113 to Empower and Facilitate the Youth Climate Change Movement in Iraq . Plan A E-Waste Event donated € 172 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Robby Block donated € 500 to Help an Indian Youth Organization Keep the Ocean Clean . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Konstantinos Dimitriadis donated € 5 to Help Build Eco-Friendly Homes for Rural Communities in India . Manon Steiner donated € 15 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Bart van den Heuvel donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Prateek Gogineni donated € 30 to Promote Clean Agroforestry in Rural India . Lluis Mateu donated € 50 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Renato Anselmi Ricci donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,300 to E-waste Race Germany . Kiki Beck donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,500 to E-waste Race Germany . Farah Piryeva donated € 200 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Ruggero Lambertini donated € 75 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Iren Dikova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Luke Farrelly donated € 120 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Andrey Bankovski donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Kalina Zhechkova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Anton Batchvarov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stivian Valchev donated € 35 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Tatyana Mitkova donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers .

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

With a business-as-usual scenario (the simplest and most likely model for the moment), Lesotho will experience a significant increase in annual mean temperature of approximately 1°C by 2030, 2°C by 2050 and 3.5°C by 2080. Agriculture (63%), energy (31%) and waste management (6%) are the three largest contributors to the country’s GHG emissions.

Lesotho holds significant water resources in the form of ice and snowcaps. Almost all of its electricity is produced by hydropower plants, and it is known as the “Water Castle” of Southern Africa. Water is a critical issue in this part of the world which has tremendous human and industrial needs for this resource. Despite this water-rich setting, Lesotho experienced a catastrophic drought in 2016, that left 650,000 people in need of food aid, as most of the water was diverted to its richer neighbour South Africa.

The Lesotho Highland Water Project is a huge water supply project designed to provide additional hydroelectric power and funnel water to the mining districts in South Africa. The project has considerably increased the number of roads in formerly remote parts of the country, but has been criticised by many for corruption, environmental damage, and the feeding of water to extractive industries.

The second challenge Lesotho needs to meet is the modernisation of individual energy consumption. The majority of the population uses wood for daily energy needs, such as cooking or heating. This causes deforestation, reducing protection from natural disasters and a general reduction of the quality of the environment. The electrification of rural Lesotho, combined with the distribution of more efficient stoves, should greatly reduce the amount of wood needed in daily life.

The mountain country (there is not a single point in the country under 1,500 m) has a wealth of assets and tough challenges ahead. Meso e tswala meswana (Procrastination is the thief of time). Act now!



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DATA INSIGHTS

Lesotho is a lower middle-income country, according to the World Bank classification. To understand Lesotho’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Lesotho’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Lesotho Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Lesotho’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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Lesotho Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Lesotho’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

Lesotho Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Lesotho Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Lesotho’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

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Lesotho Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Lesotho’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Lesotho Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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