Ministry of Tourism joins forces with COMESA to tackle climate change
The Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources partnered with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have partnered to create awareness for the campaign on climate change.
Tourism , Environment and Natural Resources Minister Catherine Namungala said she is concerned that most African countries including Zambia were still not fully aware of the serious threats that climate change posed to people’s livelihoods and sustainable development.
The Minister stressed the need to create awareness of the social, economic and environmental implications that climate change posed and the urgency for action in terms of implementing, adapting and mitigating measures which should enlist public participation.
She emphasized the need for African countries to speak with one voice in negotiating for favourable interventions like carbon trading that would help address the problem of climate change while supporting development initiatives in developing countries.
She called for the adoption for common stand by developing countries to be used in negotiating for a better deal such as expansion of clean mechanism development [CDM] projects in Africa.
The Minister made the remarks when COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya paid a courtesy call on her.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS by Public Relations Officer Bwalya Nondo.
Mr. Ngwenya applauded the Minister for providing credible leadership on climate change.
He said the choice of Zambia as a pilot country by the Norway for the reduced emission from deforestation project was an indication of the nation’s readiness to shoulder the challenge of combating climate change.