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Monday, 18 July 2016 08:33

Climate Change Interventions on Course

Government says the current measures that the country has put in place to combat climate change have yielded positive results.

Ministry of National Development Planning Permanent Secretary Chola Chabala says Zambia’s access to the Green Climate Funds (GCF) in excess of 84 million United States dollars has added impetus to the country’s efforts of tackling climate change.

Mr Chabala said Zambia excelled at the last Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meeting in March this year when she accessed 51 percent of funds allocated to Africa, meant for climate change activities.

The Permanent Secretary disclosed that Zambia has already achieved in the first year, objectives it set out to achieve in the third year of addressing effects of climate change.

Mr Chabala said government remains optimistic to surpassing its projections for the implementation of the climate change programme in the country, due to the resounding international goodwill and country’s exceptional strategy of raising funds for climate programmes.

He noted that government is working with stakeholders in implementing mitigation and adaptation measures in affected ecological regions in order to address climate change effects in the country.

Mr Chabala stated that programmes are being devised to develop solar power renewable energy sources such as solar power to benefit over 300,000 households in the country as well as helping nearly 1 million smallholder farmers improve their livelihoods, by engaging them in climate resilient agricultural practices.

He further urged the private sector to take advantage of financial resources provided by the GCF to corporate bodies to design climate resilient business initiatives.

Source lusakatimes.com

LILONGWE, March 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Zambian farmers facing more extreme weather are set to get better early warning and weather information to help them cope, as part of a new grant from the Green Climate Fund.

In a funding round announced this week, the international climate fund approved $32 million toward a broader effort by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme to help shore up food security and keep farmers from slipping into poverty.

The U.N. agencies had already raised $125 million toward the effort, which aims to help fight poverty among about 940,000 farmers hit by extreme weather in Zambia, according to Janet Rogan, a UNDP representative in the country.

The effort aims to help farmers plan for climate risks, make their farming more resilient and diversified and give them better access to markets, said Simon Pollock, a spokesman for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), in an email interview.

“In addition, this intervention is specifically designed to create economic opportunities for women,” Pollock told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The project targets 16 particularly climate-vulnerable districts in the country, where worsening droughts and flooding have been a problem.

Zambia, like many of its southern African neighbours, is struggling with strengthening climate impacts in the face of already widespread poverty.

According to the 2016 UNDP Human Development Report, about 60 percent of the country’s people live below the poverty line, more than 40 percent of those in extreme poverty.

The report says 70 percent of Zambians rely on agriculture for a living, and agriculture, forestry and fishing contribute 24 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Eric Chipeta, an energy and environmental analyst in Zambia for UNDP, said the effort would, for instance, provide Zambian farmers with insurance that issues automatic payouts when certain rainfall or temperature thresholds are passed, and crops are presumed dead or damaged.

“The initiative will go a long way to strengthen the capacity of farmers to plan for climate risks (and) provide the opportunity for weather index insurance even in times of poor rains,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Zambia has seen increasingly unpredictable weather, including drought this year that hit at the time when maize – the country’s staple crop – began putting out tassels, Chipeta said. Drought at that point can cut harvests significantly, experts say.

In many areas of Zambia, “there is a high rate of poverty, meaning efforts to end hunger and poverty are at risk if we don’t take immediate action to adapt agricultural practices to changing climate conditions”, Chola Chabala, Zambia’s permanent secretary for National Development Planning, said in a press statement.

Chipeta said that the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather already has severely affected Zambian farmers.

The GCF-backed initiative will be rolled out with support from national institutions such as Zambia’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Zambia Meteorological Department, Chipeta said.

Source reliefweb.int

THE Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting has started here with Zambia’s proposal to access more than US$80 million listed as one of the matters to be tabled at the gathering set to close on Thursday.
Zambia has proposed to access $32 million for a project aimed at strengthening climate resilient agriculture and $50 million to catalyse private investment in the renewable energy sector.
The $82 million proposal, if successful, will result in Zambia receiving half of the funding allocated to African countries.

Ministry of National Development Planning Permanent Secretary Chola Chabala said the proposals would enable the country fulfil projects outlined in the Seventh National Development Planning (SNDP) without stressing the national Budget.

Mr Chabala said once approved, the $32 million funding for agriculture would trigger additional funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), bringing the total funding to $137.269 million.
The project will enable smallholder farmers plan for water resources, develop resilience to changing rainfall patterns by diversifying crop production and increase their access to markets.
Mr Chabala said the GCF programme was in line with the Government’s plans of finding alternative means of financing the projects outlined in the SNDP.
“This will add to the funding sourced for various projects in the SNDP which currently shows that over 90 per cent of the projects have had their sources of funding in place,” Mr Chabala said.
Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Emelda Chola said if the energy funding was approved, it would trigger additional funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) of $55 million.
Brigadier-General Chola said the proposal was meant to support the financing of renewable energy projects earmarked for the private sector.
She said that through the project, Independent Power Producers under the existing GetFIT project would create solar power stations and small hydropower stations.
Gen Chola said this was in line with the Government’s plans to increase private sector participation in order to improve industry efficiency and create more jobs.
The GCF was established in 2010 to help developing countries deal with the effects of climate change.
The GCF programme in Zambia is managed by the National Designated Authority which is headed by Mainga Luwabelwa and it is placed in the Ministry of National Development.

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