By Tendai Guvamombe

The Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference 2022 commences in Harare on the 26th – 29th of July 2022 with the main event being hosted in Harare at Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS). This year’s edition is running under the theme; ‘Accelerating locally-led interventions for low carbon and climate resilient societies”  

The event will bring together key actors from across the UN, AU, government, private sector and global representatives who support meaningful contributions towards climate action. Over 1000 delegates comprising policy makers and national authorities in the African region and beyond, particularly those in charge of climate and environmental policies, and those managing businesses that are climate-oriented, relevant national and regional agencies, as well as social partners, youth representatives and employment services will attend the event. They will present illustrative practices as well as new developments in the area of climate change, setting the stage for the upcoming COP27 and actions beyond that bring notable contributions to the capability of Africa to halt, adapt to and even reverse climate change. 

Permanant Secretary Ministry of Environment, Mr Munesu Munodawafa at the Africa Green Expo 2021

In order to promote success stories in climate change mitigation and environmental management, the Green Expo has successfully brought together green initiative practices across the continent over the years.

 The Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference Director, Claris Mandoreba reiterated the importance of the 11th Edition in the country and across Africa.  “The 11th Edition of the Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of national, regional and international roadmaps leading towards achieving low carbon and climate resilient societies, the lessons learnt and eventual results/outcomes and which organisations, public and private corporations and national focal points are ready for more in-depth cooperation in this area.  
 
Delegates from a number of countries, including the Swedish ambassador, the GEF CSO, the environment minister, and Dr. Alex, are anticipated to attend the high-profile event.

Africa Green Expo side Event 2021 attended by Stakeholders in Harare

 Claris Mandoreba also briefed on the major highlights of The Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference 11th Edition and the strategic plans put in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. At cross-cutting level, the event has enabled community action groups to form relationships with governments and public sector entities in efforts to streamline climate change and integrate abstract strategies with grassroots actions for visible local impacts.

These synergies have brought greater impact of efforts in creating better recovery pathways in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate-induced natural disasters, although the missing element still remains financial and technical support to replicate and scale pilot projects that have been proved successful. Prioritisation of climate change as an agenda in national development actions/implementation, not just policy, is an action that will raise the national and regional count of successful and impactful development stories.

With this prioritisation comes the responsibilities to raise appropriate finance and technical expertise to start and sustain development that is in line with global targets under climate action and the reduction of GHGs. The SADC Region has made strides in putting in place mechanisms for rights in the face of the implementation of MEAs such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Basel/Bamako Convention; Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); Ramsar Convention and are on course to decentralise climate actions for bigger impacts, although the main challenge is the lack of adequate financing.

Minister of Environment, Mangaliso Ndlovu flanked by youths at Africa Green Expo 2020

 The COVID-19 pandemic’s ongoing spread has put many nations into lockdown, making public meetings and conferences difficult to hold. The 11th Anniversary of the Africa Green Waste and Energy Expo and Conference, will take place virtually in most locations and be live-streamed on different social media sites. In accordance with Covid-19 regulations, the delegates from various African nations who serve as the primary presenters for plenary sessions will be obliged to be present.

The conference will also cater for the young in the Children’s Conference happening on the 27th of July themed “The Young and The Green”. It is important that we educate our youths on sustainable use of resources as they are the future. The event will see a number of schools coming to participate in poems, drama, song, dance and quiz. Schools participating will include primary and secondary schools.