Zimbabwe Joins Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change at Windhoek Workshop

A delegation from the Zimbabwean Parliament, led by Honourable Jacob Francis Mudenda, Speaker of Parliament, is attending a climate change workshop in Windhoek, Namibia, from July 9th to 11th, 2024. The workshop, themed “Fostering Sustainable Futures: Integrating Climate Resilience in Southern Africa,” brings together esteemed presiding officers, members, and officials from regional parliaments, alongside international climate action experts.

As Zimbabwe faces increasing vulnerability to climate change impacts, this workshop presents an invaluable opportunity to develop and implement effective climate adaptation strategies from a Southern African regional perspective. Speaker Mudenda’s participation underscores Zimbabwe’s commitment to addressing the climate change phenomenon through legislative action, promoting sustainable practices, and ensuring a resilient future for its citizens within the context of Southern Africa’s environmental ecosystems.

The Southern Africa region has been severely affected by unprecedented climatic dynamics, particularly El Niño, which has resulted in drought. The workshop focuses on empowering parliamentarians to champion initiatives that enhance climate resilience, protect environmental ecosystems, and drive sustainable green economic development in the region. The Second Republic of Zimbabwe has made commendable efforts in environmental conservation that bring about sustainable development. The government is making deliberate efforts towards adopting new technologies in the agriculture sector to achieve food sufficiency.

The theme, “Fostering Sustainable Futures: Integrating Climate Resilience in Southern Africa,” aligns well with the Government of Zimbabwe’s development trajectory, which focuses on environment-friendly policies. The government is aware of the need for a proactive stance on climate change and has developed the National Climate Policy and the Draft National Adaptation Plan. This is a testament to the Second Republic’s commitment to the cause.

It is estimated that at least USD 10.3 billion is required to bridge the adaptation gap and mainstream climate change initiatives by 2030. Pursuing international climate finance is imperative to complement domestic resource mobilization efforts. Zimbabwe has successfully mobilized USD 50 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Adaptation Fund (AF) to support local resource mobilization efforts to combat climate change impacts. The SADC PF had previously focused on this urgent matter during its 54th Plenary Assembly in Mauritius, under the theme “Harnessing Legislative Support Towards Climate Resilience in the SADC Region.”

By participating in this workshop, Zimbabwe reinforces its dedication to global and regional efforts in combating climate change. The country is committed to collaborating with other nations to enhance climate resilience, ensuring sustainable development, and protecting the environment for future generations.

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