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The Zambian government said on Tuesday it is committed to climate mitigation programs but needs more funding for the efforts.

Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Dennis Wanchinga urged countries that had committed resources to honor their pledges.


Zambia stands ready to accelerate activities on climate change but the available resources could not support upscaling, he said.

According to him, with additional resources, Zambia intends to continue pursuing land degradation neutrality targets as part of the national development agenda.

“Without leaving anyone behind, Zambia will continue to take appropriate measures to address all negative environmental trends and safeguard important natural heritage for the present and future generations,” Wanchinga said.

He was speaking at a high-level segment of the 14th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in India.

Zambia’s total degraded land is estimated at 55,103 square km and that communities in degraded areas have since incurred huge financial and other losses due to land degradation, according to a press release.

Droughts have not only become more common, more frequent, and more intense, the minister said.

Land degradation and droughts have the potential to reverse the gains made in the country’s development agenda, he said. Enditem


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