By Tendai Guvamombe (Harare)
ICLEI, Africa is committed to work with local authorities and the government in unpacking nationally determined contributions into local climate actions.
This was revealed during the NDC Task Team meeting held early this week in the capital, attended by representatives from City of Harare, Climate Change Management Department and Local governments.
It emerged that local governments alone may not overcome myriad challenges emanating from climate change hence the need for collaborative efforts to mainstream into local level climate resilience.
In an interview with Dr Kate Strachan Professional Officer Climate Change &Coastal Management with ICLEI revealed that the collaborations between relevant authorities is relevant for the cities to implement nationally determined contributions in ensuring climate resilience.
“ICLEI has been working with the City of Harare for the past two years now and the idea is to see the kind of collaborations that can exist and trying to harness those collaborations towards the implementation of NDCs”
“we have a number of engagements between Chinhoyi, Climate Change Department, City of Harare and ourselves basically to unpack the collaborations that can exist. Capacitating local and national authorities on the implementation of NDCs.So in the meeting we also looked at our understanding and where are with NDCs and see how do we get there.”
Lisben Chipfunde City of Harare, Head Environment and Amenities Division sees ICLEI initiative being a game changer in addressing challenges of climate change through capacity building and innovative mechanism for sustainability.
“ The workshop was to look at the current challenges faced resulting from climate change and the need to turn the challenges into opportunities and actions.”
“This will see us having capacity building workshops with the help of Climate Change Management Department, this shall also call for stakeholders’ participation including residents.”