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Zambia wants help to compile land register

CHARLES CHISALA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu has appealed to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to help Zambia with funding so that it can develop a land register that will benefit vulnerable people.
Ms Ngimbu said Zambia is carrying out a five-year land audit to ascertain the ownership and use of land in the country and ensure that the poor are given priority in land acquisition.
She was contributing to a round table discussion for ministers of environment on ‘land-based approach to climate change: resilience through sustainable land management’, at the on-going 12th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD).
This is contained in a statement released in Ankara, Turkey, by deputy head of mission at the Zambian Embassy, Bwalya Nondo.
Ms Ngimbu noted that a land management-based approach was a prime working solution for the poor as it is the only tangible asset that citizens can hold.
Ms Ngimbu said Zambia regards instruments on climate change and land degradation as symbiotic, which should be implemented concurrently.
“Climate change has impacted negatively on the social and economic development of Zambia with the country experiencing energy deficit in electricity generation as a result of low water levels due to the shift in the rain pattern,” she said.
And officially opening the UNCCD COP 12, high level segment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for closer collaboration and global action.
Mr Erdogan said no country had been spared from the effects of climate change, desertification and drought.
He stressed the need for a sense of urgency in climate change negotiations because the world’s food security is threatened by a projected decrease of 12 percent as a result of effects of desertification and drought.
And UNCCD executive secretary Monique Barbut noted that there is forced migration as a result of degraded land, which will increase as effects of climate change take their toll.


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