National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1) elevates the discourse of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), biodiversity improvement and creation of community resilience to effects of climate change.
The country joined the rest of the world in commemoration of the world day to combat desertification recently and government continues to contribute to fighting land degradation.
In a virtual speech the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Nqobizitha Managaliso Ndhlovu said Zimbabwe committed itself to the Land Degradation Neutrality Target Setting process in 2018, and did set the targets which have since been mainstreamed into the NDS 1.
“There are programmes in place for combating desertification, land degradation and drought in the country. Zimbabwe has not been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic just like any other nation. The recovery strategies for the country have been put in place under the new National Development Strategy 1 (NDS-1, 2021 – 2025), our first national five- year strategy which fits well with Agenda 2030 and United Nations decade on Ecosystems’ restoration.
“Zimbabwe also continues to contribute to global status on land degradation through the provision of a national reports with up-to-date information on measures the country takes to address DLDD within the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) strategic 2018-2030 framework, implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in particular (SDG) indicator 15,” Ndhlovu said.
He said an estimated 35percent of the country’s land area is disturbed by degradation, while drought is recorded as the most common and recurring natural disaster since 1992.
“In the last two decades, the country experienced extreme weather conditions leading to acceleration of land degradation. In response to the DLDD challenge, Zimbabwe has actively programmed national interventions to avoid, reduce and restore degraded landscapes with commendable support (Technical and Financial) from the UNCCD Secretariat co-financed with its own resources.
He stated that the country has set targets of restoring over one million hectares of degraded wetlands and reducing total national burnt area to below one million hectares each year.
Zimbabwe as a party to the UNCCD continues to actively participate in programmes related to Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD). These include the drought initiative, voluntary land degradation neutrality target setting and the (3S) Initiative “Sustainability, Stability and Security.”
The country is implementing a number of national programmes as part of the local action to support the UNCCD strategy 2018 to 2030.
“Some of the programmes include drought mitigation through adoption of conservation agriculture, renewable energy, and poverty alleviation programme for provision of alternative livelihoods aimed at relieving pressure on natural resources, promotion of circular economy to reduce degradation of landscape by solid waste among others,” Ndlovu said.
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