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Climate change will remain an important issue in the future: Secretary of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment

In a compelling address at COP28, Professor Prosper Matondi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Wildlife in Zimbabwe, underscored the pressing need for an equitable balance between emission reduction and adaptation to the ongoing impacts of climate change. He pointed out that a significant portion of climate funding has historically been directed towards emission reduction efforts, while adaptation initiatives, particularly in developing countries and those in the Global South, have received comparatively less attention. Despite the challenges, Professor Matondi expressed optimism about finding solutions during COP28. He acknowledged the UAE's remarkable progress in adopting renewable energy sources, citing the country as a shining example of achieving climate goals. "It's noteworthy that we stand in a country that now relies significantly on renewable energy, and the UAE serves as an example of achieving these goals," he remarked. Professor Matondi further emphasised the sign ificance of the activation of the Loss and Damage Fund, highlighting its potential to bolster climate financing and support adaptation efforts. "This year, our main agenda was related to loss and damage, and it's very important that with the start of this summit, the Loss and Damage Fund has been activated," he stated. As an agricultural nation, Zimbabwe is particularly focused on promoting ecological agriculture as a key strategy for climate change adaptation. Professor Matondi emphasised their commitment to integrating ecological practices into their agricultural systems, recognising their potential to mitigate climate change impacts. "We are always at the Conference of the Parties, continually following priority issues," he affirmed. "This year, our main agenda was related to loss and damage, and it's very important that with the start of this summit, the Loss and Damage Fund has been activated." Professor Matondi's impassioned plea for a balanced approach to climate action underscores the urgent need t o address the diverse challenges faced by developing nations in adapting to the changing climate. His optimism and the activation of the Loss and Damage Fund provide a glimmer of hope amidst the daunting task of addressing climate change's global impact. Source: Emirates News Agency

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