Climate change data vital


ZAMBIANS need to be equipped with information on how climate change is negatively impacting the agriculture, forest

and energy sectors, Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has said.
Mr Kasolo said information is key in tackling the impact of drought and food insecurity resulting from climate change.
He said through the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), Zambia will communicate information on how climate change is affecting the three sectors.
Mr Kasolo said this during an awareness workshop for Zambia’s NDC workshop in Chipata recently.
“If we successfully implement NDC, Zambia will reduce an estimated emission of 38,000 gigagram carbon dioxide which translates into 47 percent of Zambia’s total greenhouse gas emission using 2010 as a base year,” he said.
He said last year, Zambia signed the Paris Agreement with a sole aim of strengthening global response to climate change threats.
“Climate change hinders sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. Zambia has identified key thematic areas of sustainable agriculture, forestry, renewable energy and energy efficiency as it implements the NDC,” he said.
And Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) director general John Msimuko said climate change has potential long-term impacts on the environment.
In a speech read for him by ZEMA natural resources and climate change manager Annel Phiri, Mr Msimuko said some human activities have been identified as primary causes of ongoing climate change such as global warming.
Mr Msimuko said the agency is making efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases causing climate change.

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