Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry has signed a Partnership Agreement on climate change mainstreaming research programme with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Climate change is a significant threat to Zimbabwe’s socioeconomic development, and the Government of Zimbabwe regards climate as a top priority in its development efforts.
The initiative comes after the Government unveiled a US$150 000 research grant for the enhancement of the capacity building of subnational authorities to integrate climate change along the lines of devolution.
During the signing of a Partnership Agreement with NUST, Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mangaliso Ndlovu said, climate change is a global problem but adaptation to its impacts need to be implemented at the local level.
“Government has partnered all State universities to conduct climate change mainstreaming training and mainstreaming programme targeting members of their respective Provincial Development Committees,” Ndlovu said.
Under the agreement, the participating universities will offer training and undertake conventional researches to Provincial Development Committees (PDCs) as a tool for examining impacts and supporting innovations to upscale climate change national adaptation strategies.
He said that Partnership of Agreement between Government and universities support the nation in mainstreaming climate change into a development planning process.
“National University of Science and Technology (Nust) is one of the seven State universities that the Ministry is partnering with to conduct a climate change mainstreaming training and mainstreaming programme targeting members of their respective Provincial Development Committees (PDCs),” Ndlovu said.
The Partnership Agreement will be initiated under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), a process that assist countries to conduct thorough, medium and long-term climate adaptation planning.
Zimbabwe’s National Adaptation Plan addresses; limited institutional and technical capacity within the government NAP process, insufficient and inaccessible climate information to inform decision making; limited financial resource mobilization to fund climate change adaptation and inadequate review processes to monitor the effectiveness of adaptation planning.
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