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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Zambian experts in climate change urged to educate the public

General News Zambian experts in climate change urged to educate the public

Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Jean Kapata
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Jean Kapata

Lands and Natural Resources Minister Jean Kapata has urged Zambian experts at the ongoing climate change meeting in the Polish city of Katowice to get a share of the resources needed to implement climate change programs and projects in Zambia.

Ms. Kapata, who is also Member of Parliament for Mandevu constituency said the experts needed to ensure that they did not leave the meeting empty handed.

“You heard the Secretary General of the United Nations’ message to this conference that we are in deep trouble as an international community owing to our failure to quickly address climate change”, the Minister said as she encouraged the 13-member delegation to embrace their responsibilities seriously.

And Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources Mr. Trevor Kaunda urged the experts to help create an understanding among lawmakers and ordinary people what they were doing in climate change.

He noted that while there were projects addressing climate change in various constituencies, experts needed to devise ways of educating the public to understand them as such.

“When you visit constituencies, MPs may be asking what you are doing there in climate change because your work as experts is also to show both lawmakers and ordinary people the linkages”, Mr. Kaunda said.

On his part, Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany and Poland Anthony Mukwita told the Zambian delegation that his mission is expected to make follow ups beyond COP 24.

“There are decisions to be made at this conference and it is our duty as an embassy to play our part in ensuring the implementation of promises made”, said Mr. Mukwita.

The Zambian team of experts has divided itself into the five major thematic areas of the conference that include resource mobilization, technology, capacity building, and issues related to the operationalization of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The two-week-long conference that ends on the 14th of December is expected to come up with a framework of implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Zambia experienced devastating effects of climate change between 2015 and 2016 when rainfall levels dropped drastically forcing mining companies to slow down copper production due to shortages in energies as load shedding kicked in while the crop yield reduced drastically due to power harvests resulting into house hold poverty.

Zambia depends largely on hydro generated power therefore making it an easy victim of adverse climate change effects such as droughts and floods.

Cognisant of the harsh reality of climate change bad effects President Edgar Lungu on receiving the invitation passed the relay stick over to Minister Kapata and her delegation that includes PS Trevor Kaunda as a show of commitment to the global cause.

Some 28,000 diplomat’s government officials, activists and scientists including some 40 heads of states and governments are attending the conference that must shape the way the globe can keep global warming at below the dangerous spot of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This is contained in a statement issued to the media by Kellys Kaunda, the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Embassy in Berlin.

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  1. There is No such thing as climate change. It’s a Hoax of the Century. Donald Trump is right.

    Would you call Noah’s Flood in the Old Testament a result of climate change? Climate has been changing for thousands of years. Jesus Christ predicted these things will happen. They have been happening ever since the existence of Man. Just tell us your real Agenda, which is the control and manipulation of people. That’s the real reason.

    • “Cows in all ANIMO FARMS especially in NAMWALA have been producing the same amount of dung, in some cases a lot, therefore, climate change is a myth,” Larry Mweetwa and HaLombe.

  2. Ask pf cadres why they ve banned plastic bags

    Plastic does not breakdown. So it ends up in sea and oceans. Marine animals consume and they die.

    But ask these pf cadres why they have banned plastic in Zambia.

    What we need is recycling so that plastic doesn’t accumulate

    PF is a failed project

    • Animo Farm, plastic does not disintegrate in the ground. It ends up in a landfill where it “lives” forever! That is not rocket science MENTALLY DISABLED. You only think of marine animals. UNELECTABLE to shallow to be a president of a country. His worshipers, blind worshipers of their god have to say NO to anything the government says because TRIBALISM is in the blood. ANIMO FARM is A FAILED PROJECT – 5x loser going into retirement in 2021 and being replaced by his assistant GBM.

    • Has Kabila gone back to Rwanda or is he still the President of Congo DR? Where is Moise? “Democratic Republic of Congo?” FAKE COMMENTS by FAKE TRIBAL PEOPLE from NAMWALA.

  3. Emphasis on “getting a share of the resources needed to implement climate change programs and projects in Zambia” is what is attracting the wrong elements that lack the skills or passion to move us forward. That is why we should insist on keeping ZAFFICO in local hand through education and engagement with stackholders such as; employees, students from School of forestry and others, local leaders, relevant ministeries… Apart from the tea plantations, places like the Mwekera honey processing in Kitwe could help curb deforestation if given enough support, as people can venture into beekeeping instead of charcoal burning. There is also need to ensure local wildlife is accommodated and protected to enhance the tourism offering as well.

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