State in broad-based fight against climate change

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government is conscious of the threats posed by climate change to poverty alleviation and the consequent attainment of the Vision 2030.
Speaking yesterday when she launched the National Policy on Climate Change, Mrs Wina said Zambia no longer restricts climate change actions to only preserving the environment for the future generations.
She said the government would also formulate a more holistic approach to addressing the negative effects of climate change, especially as it relates to disruption of people’s livelihoods.
Mrs Wina said with the coming into effect of the National Climate Change Policy, all stakeholders would have a clearer framework and direction on how to tackle the phenomenon in Zambia.
“The policy has recognised that though Zambia is not a significant contributor to global climate change, it is heavily dependent on natural resources hence the need to take decisive measures to safeguard our environment,” she said.
Mrs Wina urged all stakeholders to help implement the policy.
And speaking during the launch, Minister of Development Planning Lucky Mulusa said his ministry had come up with a climate change co-ordinating framework to facilitate effective coordination among stakeholders.
He said linkages would also be made with all other facets of development co-ordination such as monitoring and evaluation.
“With the effective co-ordination framework in place, fragmentation of interventions will be minimised and enable Government to operate as one united entity,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata has said climate change is cross-cutting and that government ministries and other sectors should have a role to play in ensuring that the challenge is addressed.

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