World Bank commends Zambia for elevating green agenda to promote sustainable development


The World Bank has commended Zambia for elevating its green agenda to promote sustainable economic growth and development amidst the impacts of climate change.

Achim Fock, the World Bank Country Manager for Zambia, Eastern and Southern Africa Region, praised Zambia’s efforts during a courtesy call on Green Economy and Environment Minister, Mike Mposha, in Lusaka on Thursday.

Fock said the Bank was committed to supporting Zambia’s priority areas under President Hakainde Hichilema’s leadership.

“The programmes are meant to further the climate change and environmental sustainability agenda through ongoing projects and analytical work,” Fock stated.

Minister Mposha acknowledged the formidable challenges posed by climate change but emphasized that they could be overcome through strong partnerships.

He noted that the Bank’s support had been crucial in project implementation, significantly contributing to addressing climate change effects.

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“The Bank’s assistance in developing policies and strategies has been crucial in advancing climate change mitigation efforts,” Mposha stated.

He highlighted notable projects supported by the Bank to include the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP), which was concluded in February this year and transitioned into the Eastern Province Jurisdictional Sustainable Landscape Programme (EP-JSLP).

Another significant project is the Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development (TRALARD), being implemented in Northern Zambia.

“These projects have greatly contributed to climate adaptation and mitigation practices in the country,” Mposha stated.

Looking ahead, Mposha expressed anticipation for upcoming projects supported by the Bank, including the Sustainable Management of Ecosystems in the Miombo Eco-regions of Zambia.

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