By Tendai Guvamombe

The Ministry of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry on Friday 23 September 2022 held a Climate Change Mainstreaming District Engagement for Harare, Chitungwiza, Epworth and Ruwa in the Capital. The programme is part of ongoing efforts to implement country wide awareness and capacity building exercise to assist subnational governments to begin to integrate climate change in development planning.

The programme leverages on the foundation laid by the Climate Change Mainstreaming Provincial Research Programme conducted in collaboration with provincial structures and the ministry. Prior to the latest engagement, the programme has been implemented in Mashonaland Central, Masvingo, Midlands, Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Manicaland and Bulawayo Metropolitan provinces.

Stakeholders during Climate change Mainstreaming Workshop held at Jameson Hotel recently in Harare

Speaking during the Stakeholder Meeting, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry Ambassador Raphael Faranisi said the meeting was premised on the need to find collective approaches in advancing climate change mainstreaming agenda towards building resilience along the lines of devolution. He also reiterated on the current stanz by the Government in the need for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to mainstream climate change in their 2023 budgets as contained in the budget call circular.

“Previous experiences have proven that dealing with climate change requires a change of the mindset, new approaches to development and new partnerships across nations, sectors and societies. It is therefore imperative that we discuss how we can collectively advance the climate change mainstreaming agenda towards building resilience along the lines of devolution. Today’s engagement marks the last session for this round of climate change mainstreaming district engagements. Ladies and gentlemen, we have thus far covered all the 60 districts in all the eight provinces, last week we were in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province and today we are here with Harare Metropolitan. All districts have had the opportunity to deliberate on the pertinent issues of climate change mainstreaming. Today, we engage with you, the districts within Harare province namely Ruwa- Epworth, Chitungwiza and Greater Harare on climate change mainstreaming, specifically looking at the climate change impacts, the adaptation options and how to budget for interventions. We need to elaborate on how the two Metropolitan provinces are affected by climate change and most importantly what needs to be done for them to develop in a low emissions and climate resilient trajectory.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this meeting comes just after the Government has again pronounced the need for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to mainstream climate change in their 2023 budgets as contained in the budget call circular. The meeting also follows the indaba for Secretaries for Provincial Affairs and Devolution (in March 2022) where all ten Provincial Secretaries discussed ways to propel the integration of climate change in the devolution agenda towards better response measures to climate shocks. We are therefore at a very opportune time, to share suitable climate change response actions and integrate them in our planning and budgeting for the year 2023 and beyond. “

All local authorities had an opportunity present on their District Preparedness on Climate Change inline with the Devolution Process. This include impacts of Climate Change in the District, Overview of Climate Change projects and programmes and Priorities for adaptation and mitigation.