Govt upscales climate change programming

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BY VANESSA GONYE/ JULIA NDLELA
ZIMBABWE is set to upscale climate change mitigating measures after receiving US$1,2 million from Global Environment.

Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry secretary Munesushe Mudonawafa announced the windfall during a climate change workshop in Harare yesterday.

Munodawafa said Zimbabwe was a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change (2015) which compels member States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The country is currently grappling with the effects of climate change and has experienced worse outcomes like the Cyclone Idai (2019) and Ana (2022) which destroyed infrastructure in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces.

“The CBIT (Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency project, therefore, comes at an opportune time to enhance efforts to prepare and submit national communications and biennial reports, as well as participate in the international consultation and analysis processes.

“This will help developing country parties like us to develop their national capacity to prepare biennial transparency reports due by December 31, 2024, and participate effectively in the technical expert review process and the facilitative multilateral consideration of progress,” he said.

The climate change management director in the ministry, Washington Zhakata, said Zimbabwe had received resources from the CoP26 conference to capacitate government institutions, the private sector and civic society organisations with understanding of climate change issues and data collection.

“We are still in the process of solidifying the ground on which we stand to fully and effectively implement provisions of the Paris Agreement. The Climate Change Bill, which will assist us to enforce various provisions that will enable us to get the data to connect it and to protect and to report on it is in the making,” he said.

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