By Tapiwa Makosa
HARARE- Zimbabwe has received up to US$1.5 million for Climate Change Technical Assistance (ZIM-CLIM) through the World Bank under the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund (ZIMREF).
This was revealed by Washington Zhakata, the director of the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate at an Inception workshop on Zimbabwe’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Methodology and Work plan.
Zhakata said the assistance is being “implemented by the World Bank in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe.”
“The overall obejective of ZIM-CLIM is to contribute to the strengthening of the government of Zimbabwe’s capacity to integrate Climate Change considerations into planning, design and implementation of development activities in agriculture and sustainable land management, forestry and energy sectors,” he added.
The assistance is due to fill in critical knowledge gaps that has existed in these key economic sectors and “turning existing knowledge into concrete investment plans that can be financed by both climate  and development finance mechanisms, particularly through new financing instruments such as Green Climate Fund.” 
Zimbabwe ratified the Paris Agreement and officially uploaded its NDC on 7 August 2017 having submitted its Intended Nationally-Determined Contributions to the UNFCCC in 2015 and signed it on 22 April 2016.
The country pledged to reduce its energy sector greenhouse gas emissions per capita by 33% below business-as-usual by 2030.
“The target is envisaged to be achieved through renewable energy development,  energy use efficiency, REDD+ activities and climate smart agriculture among other mitigation actions,” said Zhakata.
Meanwhile expert consultants from the World Bank have hailed the Zimbabwe NDC saying it can become a continental blueprint for other developing countries if transparently and dutifully implemented.
Greg Cook a consultant with the World Bank said the plan that Zimbabwe has, had  the “potential to be copied by other nations.’
Mayuresh Saranga a consultant said  “the plan can be a pioneer that other developing countries can look at to fit with their countries.”
Cook and Saranga made  presentations  on the proposed methodologies and work plan for the implementation of the NDC.
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