Government is strengthening its capacity in integrating climate change that will enhance sustainable development by involving the youth in the cause.
A climate-smart Zimbabwe means inclusivity of young people in decisions on conserving natural resources and cutting emissions.
The revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report in Zimbabwe seeks to assist the nation in coordinating green economic recovery efforts which are in line with national climate goals and climate-resilient strategies.
The NDCs are country’s commitments to mitigate climate change which should be achieved by 2030 under the Paris Agreement which makes provisions to track collective progress in making these mitigation contribution through the Global Stock Take which will start from 2023.
Speaking at the Youth Dialogue on NDC Target heightening process in Bulawayo recently Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu, said for the country to meet its emission target by 2030 the role of youth should not be undermined.
“Achieving Zimbabwe’s NDC targets requires measures that ensure that all different population groups can adapt to climate change, strengthen their resilience and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
“The immediate process of revising the NDC provides an opportunity to enhance collaboration amongst Government agencies and increase mutual understanding between the government and its stakeholders including the youths for top-priority actions, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders,” Ndlovu said.
He also highlighted that climate change is now inevitable and this will include awareness of additional finance requirements to implement achievable, cost effective but socially inclusive emissions.
“Capacity development is essential for empowering youth to take action on climate change. This includes access to tools, guidance and educational resources, as well as regular analysis and knowledge sharing,” Ndlovu said.
The Ministry is acting on the establishment of a National Climate Change Funding Mechanism, that will help climate change mainstreaming in planning and budgetary process at national and sub-national levels by the end of 2022.
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