Zimbabawe gears up for Cop 26

By Memory Chamisa
GOVERNMENT says it remains committed to supporting initiatives around the mitigation of climate change despite some projects having been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The climate change agenda remains central to Zimbabwe’s development efforts and this has not changed despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected some projects.

As part of government’s commitment to mitigate the effects of climate change, cabinet enacted the National Climate Change Policy, which seeks to enable the country to establish the legal structures to regulate businesses in climate related issues.

Director Climate Change Management Department in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mr Wellington Zhakata spoke on the strides the country has made in response to the environmental phenomenon.

“We need to have an enhanced understanding of the impact of covid-19 on climate change responses as our national priority is on reducing climate change vulnerability of socio-economic sectors, including agriculture of which is rain-fed, because of the lockdown some areas where we have projects that need constant monitoring, we had to stall them but we applaud ourselves for having done so well with the challenges most faced,” he said.

Zimbabwe will be part of the Conference of Parties (Cop26), which will be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom next month with world governments meeting to negotiate and speak on their commitments in the fight against climate change.

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