Research key to understanding climate change, response strategies, says govt


The government has emphasized the importance of research in deepening the understanding of climate change to inform effective responses.

Ministry of Green Economy and Environment Permanent Secretary, Dr Douty Chibamba, stated that the government had been advancing climate change mitigation policies.

Chibamba’s speech, read on her behalf by Director of Green Economy and Climate Change, Ephraim Shitima, during the National Community of Practice for Article 6 Implementing Countries (COP-ASIC) meeting in Lusaka on Monday, highlighted these efforts.

Locally, COP-ASIC is known as the Zambia Climate Change Research Network (ZCCRN) Meeting.

He explained that the government was implementing measures to engage in the international carbon market created under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

“We are also formulating regulations on fees and share of proceeds on carbon credits and developing guidelines on transitioning Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, including registration, monitoring, and reporting procedures,” Chibamba said.

Through the SPAR6C programme, Zambia had launched strengthened carbon market guidelines for the submission and evaluation of Article 6 mitigation activities as a first step in developing a carbon market governance framework.

The establishment of the research network aims to promote a higher volume of academic research and more frequent knowledge exchange on climate change mitigation and Article 6 implementation in Zambia.

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“We are also concurrently establishing a foundation for medium to long-term planning of our Greenhouse Gas Emissions through the establishment of baselines in our key NDC sectors,” he said.

Additionally, it would help develop a carbon registry, enhance the integrated measurement, reporting and verification system and increase the capacity of both the government and private sector in carbon market opportunities and their development.

Chibamba noted that the network would also form part of a global COP-ASIC, implemented under the Supporting Preparedness for Article 6 Cooperation (SPAR6C) program in Colombia, Thailand, Pakistan, and Zambia.

“The importance of collaboration between research institutions, the government, and international partners is critical to achieving the climate change mitigation goals,” he stated.

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