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Zimbabwe participates in drive to mitigate effects of climate change

Story by Theophilus Chuma

ENVIRONMENTAL experts from Africa and the international community have set in motion a discussion to combat the effects of climate change at the Africa Climate Week Summit, which started this Monday in Nairobi Kenya.

Another crucial meeting for Africa as environmental leaders and experts come up with solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change that have resulted in extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts on the continent.

This time around, delegates are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya for the Africa Climate Week Summit, an annual event that brings together government officials, business leaders, international organisations, and civil society to explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Zimbabwe is among nations participating at this forum, as it unites with the region to advance its position on managing the environmental crisis.

“The event was officially opened by His Excellency Mr William Ruto, with delegates discussing the need for a fairer financing model for Climate Change programmes. It is expected that youths and local indigenous communities will present their statements to show the real challenges from the entire global climate change discussion. There are several panel discussions that will focus on investment opportunities for food systems and climate financing,” said Director of Climate Change Management – Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mr Washington Zhakata.

The event comes as Africa races against time to safeguard its population and habitats from ravaging floods and extreme temperatures.

“This is an important platform for us to come up with a united position on what needs to be done to safeguard the continent against the realities of climate change. The danger and impact of climate change is also being widely felt on wildlife and habitat and this threatens even the existing animal boundaries,” noted President – International Fund for Animal Welfare, Mr Azzedine Downes.

Experts are already positioning for a Nairobi Declaration, which in some way will represent a united position from Africa ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference – Cop28 which will be held later this year.

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