Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Zambia to get US$3.4 m for climate change

Lusaka Times, September 8, 2008

Zambia’s various cooperating partners would soon provide over US$3.4 million for the implementation of her programmes aimed at addressing the various effects of climate change she was facing.

And government has received US$100, 000 from the United Nations Climate Adaptation Fund to carry out special modalities aimed at implementing the country’s National Adaptation Action Plan (NAPA) which was launched last year by the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources.

Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Michael Kaingu confirmed the development to ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today.

Mr. Kaingu said his ministry was happy with the way cooperating partners were assisting least developed countries to address the effects of climate change.

He said climate adaptation fund would enhance Zambia’s efforts in implementing climate change adaptation programmes and fulfill the vision of poverty reduction as indicated in the Firth National Development programme (FNDP).

Mr. Kaingu noted that access to the funds would also add value to the effective implementation of the National Adaptation Action Programme (NAPA) which was meant to address the various effects of climate change.

He further observed that the releasing of the funds to countries that were vulnerable to climate effects to urgently implement measures aimed at addressing the problems.

Mr. Kaingu noted that the adaptation programmes would cover sectors such as agriculture, water, forestry, wildlife and health among other areas that were vulnerable to climate change.

The Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Minister further said his ministry has embarked on a sensitization drive to educate Zambians on the need to preserve the environment in a bid to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Mr. Kaingu has since appealed for more funding from the United Nations through the Climate Adaptation Fund to enable the country respond effectively to the effects of climate change.