By Anyway Yotamu.
In an effort to achieve green economy, the government of Zimbabwe has embarked on a program aimed at spearheading on three critical issues which are waste management,
ozone layer depleting substances and
mainstreaming climate change into urban planning in the cities and towns.
Addressing delagates at the Climate Change Technical Workshop for Urban Local Authorities at Rainbow Towers, in Bulawayo today on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr Munesushe Munodawafa says that, the country is gearing up implementating the green economy.
“This workshop comes at a moment when the country is gearing up to develop towards a green economy and implementing its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to report on sectoral greenhouse gas emissions.This engagement we are having today will touch upon Zimbabwe’s national commitments to address climate change nationally and in line with the global discourse,” he said.
As a member of the UN, Zimbabwe is required to compile and timely report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), quality information on its greenhouse gas emissions in a report referred to as the National Communication, in line with the provisions of the Climate Change Convention.
“It is in this regard that the Government of Zimbabwe is expected to compile a national greenhouse gas inventory regularly and to submit Biennial Update Reports containing an update of greenhouse gases information in line with decision 2 CP/17 of the Conference of Parties$, said Minister Ndhlovu.
Minister Ndhlovu also added that, “This training therefore aims to appraise you, the Local Authorities and waste sector enterprises on these climate change obligations, in order to enhance your appreciation on the roles and responsibilities of Local Authorities in contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions work through provision of data and ensuring waste-related mitigation actions are mainstreamed in the development plans,” he added.
“Urban Local Authorities are therefore expected to adapt to the changing climate and minimize the associated negative impacts. The first step towards this is by mainstreaming climate change issues into our development planning, budgeting and activity implementation. Mainstreaming climate change will require additional resources today, but will result in savings in the medium to long term,” said Minister Ndhlovu.
Currently the country is in the process of preparing its Fourth National Communication and the first Biennial Update Report (BUR 1). The Biennial Update Report will be submitted before the end of this year and the Fourth National Communication in mid-2021.
The information and data required from the Local Authorities is vital for compilation of the National Communication and the Biennial Update Reports in order to meet the requirements of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
By Anyway Yotamu.