Zimbabwe to Launch Climate Change Document on LEDS Ahead of UN Summit

Zimbabwe is working round the clock to implement Low Emissions Development Strategy(LEDS) document which will certainly become an absolute guideline framework as its Nationally Determined Contributions in ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which compels member states to achieve a global target on low carbon emissions reduction.

Zimbabwe is in the process to complete its document on low carbon emissions and reduction which is expected to be a universal tool in leading various institutions on climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation measures.

The consultancy bid to the draft was awarded to GFA, a German consultancy company with which the document went under stakeholder validation on Thursday at a workshop hosted by Climate Change Management Department in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme(UNDP).

Parliament of Zimbabwe Principal Director & Programmes Coordinator Nesbert Samu a facilitator to the validation workshop reiterated that the LEDS process went on smoothly with stakeholders having the opportunity to seek clarification and adding thier own input in various areas of energy, agriculture, forestry among others.

“LEDS process went very well, and the idea was essentially to validate the issues that are coming from energy , agriculture, industry and forestry. the good thing the participants raised pertinents questions for example around energy on whether its the rights cost or we should invest, I know the result that we want but as soon we put our energy budget to the right levels everything else false in place and will be able to manage interms of our emissions”

Dingane Sithole National Technical Expert for the LEDS Development with GFA the official consultant company to the project believes that the draft document is implantable given that fact that stakeholders validated it and going forward there will be a.need of a participatory combined workforce in looking into the inclusion of other elements which include economic and climate change adaptation feasibility, social and political acceptance.

“Now that the stakeholders have validated the Low Emissions Strategy and from the onset the strategy should be very implementable, participatory so what it means what ever is in there interms of physibility, in terms of climate change mitigation and the economic fisibility that was done the other necessary elements that are there will come in, this also include social acceptability, political and correctness, even other climate change benefits which are called adaptation benefits all these issues will come in interms of implementation when we move along with stakeholders. In the outlook the steps that include finalising the document , completing the funding mechanisms as well as the Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) will fall in place concerning this milestone validation achievement. ”

UNDP Assistant Resident Representative Head of Unit Poverty Reduction, Environment and Climate Change Annie M. Madzara hinted this News crew that UNDP is committed to through its weight behind the government through a green growth strategy which certainly requires lobbying for policy implementation strategies.

“UNDP is committed in supporting the Government through a green growth strategy and this LEDS strategy serves as the first giant step towards that Green growth transition and we are committed to support it through imbedded advisory within government to see that process that builds the capacity that is needed to implement to also support other partners to make sure that we have an enabling environment through policy reforms we also should support parliament to fully engage fully in the process to influence and also the higher levels in the policy making to allow them them to fully appreciate what the green growth strategy means to the country.”

According to Lawrence Mashungu from the Climate Change Management Department the validation process is to be accompanied by the official launch of the final document at national level ahead of the UN Secretary-General Summit on Climate Change to be held in New York this coming September

“Given the today’s process of LEDS validation by stakeholders will should be able to see the consultant team going to complete the final document which is going to be the final document to be launched at the very highest level. This is the same document which the President shall use at the much awaited UN Secretary-General Climate Change Summit to held in New York this September.”

Tendai Guvamombe