Africa develops framework ahead of COP 27

By Kenias Chivuzhe

AFRICAN countries have agreed to push for more funding towards climate change adaptation and mitigation at the upcoming 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) slated for Egypt in November.

African Ministers of Environment recently met in Senegal where member states adopted an engagement framework that places finance as the cornerstone for successful implementation of climate change actions.

This was revealed by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu on the sidelines of the ministry’s strategic planning workshop in Vumba this Wednesday.

Minister Ndlovu said Africa is united on the need for developed nations to avail funding towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.

 ‘We are coming from the ministers of environment conference. We met in Senegal last week and we were able to articulate and lay a framework of our engagement in Egypt. We want an outcome that will compel our developed nations who are ordinarily responsible for the crises we are facing to avail funding towards mitigation and adaptation process. Our people are affected by a problem that they did not create.

“We know our systems and all that is required is funding and to some extent technology transfer. We also hope that there will be consideration for loss and damage as a result of climate change. We are suffering huge losses for example the impact of Cyclone Idai remained primarily the responsibility of Zimbabwe to reconstruct the destroyed infrastructure and recover from those. We believe that we need a framework were countries affected by climate change are compensated or assisted to recover from the devastation,” he said

At national level, government is strengthening early warning systems, with priority on weather radars, refurbishment, and construction of weather stations.

“We have been able to acquire critical equipment that include weather radars. We are refurbishing all our 47-weather station across the country. Next year we will start construction of provincial weather stations in provinces, particularly  Manicaland and Masvingo given their vulnerability to extreme weather conditions,” he added.

Turning to wildlife conservation, Minister Ndlovu noted with concern the increase in cases of human wildlife conflict largely driven by the ballooning numbers of elephants, lions and buffalos.

This comes amid reports that 68 people were killed last year while 45 others lost their lives this year due to human wildlife conflict.