• Ministry of National Development Planning’s project wins the African change makers award.
• Government committed to implement people-centered projects.
• Government is implementing programs that empower people in various parts of the country.
Ministry of National Development Planning’s Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue sub-basin (SCRiKA) project has won the African Change Makers award at the just concluded 2021 climate adaptation summit.
Speaking at a press briefing held in Lusaka, Ministry’s Permanent Secretary for Development Planning and Administration Chola Chabala says he is grateful that the SCRIKA project was overwhelmingly voted for by people from across the World.
“The government of the Netherlands and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Co-organized the climate adaptation summit aimed at creating actions that will accelerate African adaptation,” he said.
“The water change makers awards were for participants from sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to celebrate and make visible the teams and organizations that shape water decisions that build climate resilience in Africa,” he added.
Mr Chabala adds that the award is an international endorsement from the international community, and people on the ground, of governments’ commitment and implementation of people-centered projects that empower the masses, especially the vulnerable.
“This award is a practical response to a directive from the President that as a ministry, formulate and coordinate the implementation of programmes that should make Zambia more resilient to climate change,” he said.
The permanent secretary says government is implementing programs that are aimed at empowering people in various parts of the country to better mitigate and adapt to climate change and its effects.