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Summit lays foundation for an adaptation breakthrough for Africa at COP27

The Global Center on Adaptation, together with the African Union, African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Africa Adaptation Initiative, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, are convening the Africa Adaptation Summit to lay the foundation for an adaptation breakthrough for Africa at COP27, in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Zimbabwe, Hon Barbara Rwodzi is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she is attending the Africa Adaptation Summit 2022.

Zimbabwe has made strides in developing climate-responsive policies, strategies, and action plans at national, sub-national, and sectoral planning levels. The current National Development Strategy 1: 2021-25, mainstreams climate change across all its thematic areas with one on “Environmental Protection, Climate Resilience, and Natural Resources Management” which sets a sector outcome of “Improved Climate Action”. Furthermore, a National Climate Policy is in place and is complemented by sectoral policies on agriculture, disaster risk management, renewable energy, and biofuels towards enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Meanwhile, the Green Resilient Rapid Recovery Readiness Project in Zimbabwe was officially launched today at Monomotapa Hotel in Harare by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Ambassador Raphael Tayerera Faranisi.

Launch of Green Resilient Rapid Recovery Readiness Project in Zimbabwe

The Government of Zimbabwe was granted USD $300,000 over 12 months to develop a Green Resilient Recovery Strategy, Investment Plan, and concept notes for onward submission to the Green Climate Fund(GCF). The Ministry is in partnership with the FBC Bank in implementing the project.
Suffice to mention that, the Bank is pursuing accreditation with the GCF as a Direct Access Entity through which GCF resources can be channelled into the country. It is the Ministry’s hope that through this collaboration, the capacity and experience of the Bank is strengthened and will influence its accreditation and expand the bank’s portfolio to mainstream climate change and environmental issues. The Government is willing and ready to work with all stakeholders including the private sector in climate action in order to achieve the desired environment and climate outcomes.
The project will see the assessment of key socio-economic sectors affected heavily by the COVID-19 Pandemic; amongst these, the agricultural sector, transport sector, energy, and tourism sectors just to name a few, and see the development of recovery measures for each sector that are climate-smart and will catalyse climate action in these sectors.
The launch was also attended by the Group Chief Executive for FBC Holdings Mr. John Mushayavanhu, Director for Climate Change Management Department Mr. Wahington Zhakata, stakeholders, and other invited guests.

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