Government commits to creating enabling environment for climate change fight

By Wellington Makonese

GOVERNMENT has reiterated its commitment to creating an enabling environment for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change through strengthening institutions for state and non-state actors.

Last year’s COP26 summit came up with a number of resolutions for mitigating climate change, with financing of developing nations being one of the key takeaways.

This Monday, the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry launched a Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) project highlighting that government has established an environment that strengthens all entities’ resilience in fighting climate change.

“We are in the process of solidifying ground to fully enforce the provisions of the Paris Agreement that enables all institutions to play their role in addressing climate change. The climate change bill is in the process. Over and above that, the Ministry of Finance has made it possible for banks to be accredited as private players. We have done well to get them and we are still in the process,” said Mr Washington Zhakata, Chief Director Climate Change Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission emphasised on the need for gender mainstreaming in strengthening national institutions on climate change.

Said Commissioner Naome Chimbetete: “This platform gives all institutions a voice and strengthening these national-based institutions in financing is key because they are the agencies of change.”

Zimbabwe’s climate change mitigation efforts focus on four broad areas which include agriculture, energy industrial processes and product use.

The country is one of the lowest emitters in the world and is ranked 12th in terms of vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

Government estimates that the cost of its mitigation plans stands around US$4.8 billion which will also be backed by international financial institutions.

The mitigation plan involves conversion of waste to energy, methane being generated and used for energy production for major cities by 2030, with 20% of organic matter composted in the long term.