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MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, WATER & CLIMATE

CLIMATE CHANGE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

Media Brief 2

NATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY, 17 MARCH 2015

The Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has initiated the National Climate Policy development Process. Climate change poses serious risks to the existing challenges of tackling poverty, and promoting economic growth and human development in Zimbabwe. Climate change is projected to increase the number of hot days, rainfall variability, frequency of floods and droughts and cases on malaria among others. These impacts are projected to impede economic growth, erode food security, prolong existing poverty traps and narrow down sources of household income.

Although Zimbabwe has made some strides in promoting green growth strategies through the development of different strategies and plans, green economy workshops and indabas, green technologies such as ethanol blending and Green Industry Initiative pioneered by the private sector, climate change mitigation remains a key in attaining sustainable development and dealing with the climate change challenges. A National Climate Change Response Strategy has also been developed with specific action plans to address the climate change challenges. Business as usual is no longer an option because current patterns of production and consumption are unsustainable compared to the rate and ability of the environment to produce, assimilate and regenerate.

The development of the National Climate Policy identified four thematic areas as follows: Weather, climate and Climate modeling, vulnerability and adaptation assessments, mitigation and low carbon development pathways and cross-cutting issues/enablers. A stakeholders' consultative workshop on mitigation and low carbon development pathways was held from 11-12 March 2015 at Montclair, Nyanga and 5 sectors with mitigation potential were identified and proposed policy statements were developed. The National Climate Policy seeks to provide an enabling environment to promote climate change mitigation actions, green growth strategies and low carbon development initiatives.

The sectoral policy statements that were generated at the workshop per sector include the following:

1. Energy Sector

Policy Goal

• To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, transmission and use.

Statements

1. To monitor, measure and report on emissions and carbon footprints through the use of approved technologies and methodologies.

2. Develop and regularly update intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) informed by our national circumstances and national development vision.

3. Promote research, development, adoption and deployment of robust, gender-sensitive, sustainable green technologies (through removal of tax, trade barriers, incentivising new players etc).

4. Increase the use of cleaner, safe, affordable and sustainable sources of energy (through removal of tax, trade barriers, incentivising new players, accessing climate-related funding, co-benefits or rewards such as carbon credits from fuel blending and CDM loans etc).

5. Increase (finance, technological and technical know-how for locals) capacity building in climate change e.g. Combine Heat and Power.

2. Agriculture Sector

Statements

1. The Policy creates designated focal points in each socio-economic sector.

2. All sectors are compelled to monitor, analyse, document and share climate related data and information with the Climate Change Management Department for national and global reporting.

3. To provide the weather and climate services and products, sectoral climate related data and information (including Sectoral Climate Information Systems, Atlas of Zimbabwe and Climate Smart Agricultural Model) to all stakeholders (particularly small holder farmers) as and when required.

4. To create an enabling environment and support for Research and Development, knowledge management and communication on climate issues (e.g. techniques, policies).

5. To establish an inter-ministerial, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary, holistic (systems) committee for effective climate and natural resource management (soil conservation, land management).

6. To mainstream Climate in all national developmental programming and planning.

7. Establish National Climate Fund to finance climate initiatives.

3. Industry Sector

Statements

1. Promotion of climate-related data and information collection, archiving and easy access for national and international reporting.

2. To facilitate data and information sharing, free of restriction in fulfilment of national and multilateral environmental agreements reporting requirements.

3. Provide financial and economic incentives for all climate change mitigation initiatives.

4. Removal of all trade and non-trade barriers for adoption of accredited clean technologies.

5. Creation of an enabling environment for research and development into cleaner technologies

5. Land use, land use change and forestry Sector

Statements

1. To promote testing of climate mitigation interventions for local relevance, gender-sensitivity, innovativeness and evidence-based scientific soundness and sensitivity to local circumstances such as livelihoods before implementation.

2. Recognize international mitigation and adaptation funding mechanisms as a strategy for sustainable forest management and livelihoods improvement.

3. National and sub-national level education, training and awareness for all climate change adaption and mitigation. (Mainstreaming CC mitigation in education curriculum and psychomotor)

4. Promote gender-based approaches to climate change mitigation in the forestry sector.

6. Waste Sector

Statements

1. To promote independent waste handling players (IWPs) [to reduce waste sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and harness the energy (GHGs) potential].

2. Promote collection, archiving and maintenance of accessible database on quality, quantity and characterisation (disaggregated) waste data for mandatory reporting at national level.

3. Promote construction and rehabilitation of climate smart waste management (handling and water treatment plants).

4. To create an enabling environment and support for Research and Development, knowledge management and communication on climate issues (e.g. techniques, policies).

5. Government to establish Climate Change Green Fund.

6. Promote energy efficiency in the waste treatment and carbon footprint reporting.

7. Promote the research, development, adoption and deployment of robust, gender-sensitive, sustainable green technologies (through removal of tax, trade barriers, incentivising new players etc).

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