Local Authorities’ Engagement Spearheads Climate Change Action

By Tendai Guvamombe (Darwendale)

The Government through the department of Climate Change in partnership with United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) is in the process to implement its Nationally Determined Contributions(NDC) which now calls for the active participation of multi stakeholder input.

The call resonates Zimbabwe’s commitment in ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change of 15 December 2015 which requires all parties to put thier efforts through the Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs).

This came in the wake of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of June 1992 after 197 parties agreed to stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, subsequently followed by the Kyto Protocol of December 1997 in Japan which compelled the industrialized world to set binding emissions reduction targets.

Inline with this background, the government of Zimbabwe through the Climate Change Department is in the process to facilitate the mult-stakeholder engagement on a wider perspective.

Climate Change Department earlier this week facilitated Capacity Building Workshop on Circular Waste Economy and which incorporated Local Government, City Authorities and the private sector.

In a presentation, by Mike Juru Chairman of GBCZ and Former President of Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe (REZ) reiterated that the current problems emanating from the effects of climate change has now prompted property sectors to work on ensuring sustainability built environment which focuses on issues of energy efficiency, water, land use, emissions among others.

“Current problems of climate change are hard hitting and are orchestrating into poverty , accommodation, water, sanitation, resulting from global warming. We have seen energy demand projected to increase by 57percent over the next 25 years especially the African world. Against such a background in terms of Estate and property which in one way or another impenges upon virtually every domestic, commercial activities in the society.

According to Juru initiatives such as Green Building concept which has been proposed will go a long way in spearheading sustainable Real Estate Management ensures energy efficiency, resource efficiency in a bid to reduce efficiency.

“It is a known fact that with the development and management of Real Estate , accounts for the impact on environment. Realization came at the back of climate change threats to the indusrty hence Sustainable Real Estate comes into play.”

“We have come up with Green Building intiative which is energy and resource efficient , enables players in our sector to become environmentally responsible. Some of its advantages are that it incorporates new designs for construction and operational practices that that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and and occupants.”

Priscilla Charumbira a Town Planner with City of Harare alluded to the need of collaborative efforts to spearhead integrated approach among different players within the sectors of Local Government.

“Within local government and City Authorities we have got different players hence in our area of work we propose to come up with institutional framework that allows us to be inclusive so that we get best results in these issues.”

Tendai Marowa an Energy Consultant and Climate Change Expert complimented the multi stakeholder approach saying will go a long way in allowing the country to achieve its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

“We are in the process to come up with LEDS and NDCs, MRVs and institutional arrangements and the process actually sees various sectors coming together the likes of local governments and City Authorities we continue to see various players taking part in Climate Change issues.”

Tendai Guvamombe