By Delicious Mathuthu
The Climate Change Department which falls under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is currently engaged in a proposed US$80 million Climate Change adaptation project to benefit three catchment areas in the Eastern Highlands, Masvingo and Mutare, which is to be finalized by year end.
The concept note was developed under the initial US$40 million, “Strengthening Enhanced Climate Action Fund (SECAF),” mostly focusing on solar irrigation projects, as seed money to source more funding.
The Climate Change Management Department Acting Director, Elisha Moyo, said the proposed project will focus on agricultural infrastructure, cutting carbon emissions, helping communities adapt to climate change and poverty reduction.
“As the Climate Change Department we are the National Designated Authority on Green Climate Funds, the largest climate finance institution in the world and we have a major US$80 million climate resilience concept note that we are developing in Save, Runde and Budzi catchments.
“The finances will be used for communities to be resilient, reduce emissions and to adapt to climate change,” Moyo said.
The catchment areas also include Zimbabwe’s largest inland dam Tokwe-Mukorsi, which according to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, has the potential to provide irrigation water to the Lowveld sugar estates and surrounding communal farmers.
Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam also has the capacity for hydro-electric power generation and can generate up to six megawatts, this is just but one of the targeted areas.
Moyo also called on institutions that have major projects that can potentially make an impact on climate transformation, ideas and paradigm shift, to join forces and work together with the Department in having such project proposals which will then be submitted to the Green Climate Fund.
Climate Change Scientist in the Environment Ministry, Tivanhu Muhwati, said stakeholder consultations on the project are currently underway and will be done by year end.
“The Ministry and UNDP are engaging stakeholders on different aspects of its (project) financing. We will be able to share information towards the end of the year when stakeholder consultations are complete,” he said.
The Green Climate Fund is focused on helping developing nations survive in the wake of climate change, help reduce fossil fuels in favour of cleaner environmentally friendly energy.
The $10 billion South Korea head quartered Green Climate Fund was established under the UN with focus on helping poor nations in the developing world adapt to climate change.