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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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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

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

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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