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Vice President, Inonge Wina says climate change remains one of the major threats to the attainment of the objectives of the Seventh National Development Plan and ultimately, the Vision 2030, as evidenced by the drought experienced in the just ended 2018/2019 rainfall season.

She said this during the Council of Ministers on Climate Change, held in Lusaka today. The meeting was called to review progress and give policy guidance on the implementation of climate change programmes and projects in the country.

Mrs Wina disclosed that the drought experienced due to climate change had affected about 52 districts across the country, with impacts such as hunger, inadequate water availability and disease outbreaks.

Mrs Wina has since directed the Ministers to ensure accelerated implementation of climate change interventions so that the rural poor, who are on the frontlines of climate change impacts, receive the support they need.

She further called for intensified resource mobilisation initiatives, including from the private sector; for the implementation of new interventions in climate change affected areas.

Mrs Wina added that strong coordination, especially of cooperating partners is important in the fight against climate change, to avoid duplication of efforts and application of resources for maximum impacts.

She has since urged the Ministers to direct cooperating partners where the gaps are to enhance people’s livelihoods.

Ends/ Racheal Chama

10-06-2019DMMU Communications Officer

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