By Bennie Mundando
THE Government of the Netherlands and Global Water Partnership Organisation have applauded and congratulated the Ministry of National Development Planning for the outstanding work in strengthening the adaptive capacity to current climate variability and long-term consequences of climate change in the Kafue sub-basin.
This is contained in a joint congratulatory letter to Ministry of National Development Planning’s Permanent Secretary in charge of Development Planning and Administration, Chola Chabala by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands’ Inclusive Green Growth Department Director Carola van Rijnsoever and Global Water Partnership Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Secretary, Peter Repinski.
The duo expressed their kind words to the Government of Zambia on its climate resilience programmes.
“I am happy to inform you that the Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue Sub-Basin Project, under the Zambia Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience has been voted the winner of the Africa Water ChangeMakers Award People’s Choice. The results were announced during the Climate Adaptation Summit hosted by the Netherlands on 25-26 January 2021,” Ms. Rijnsoever and Mr. Repinski wrote.
“The African Water ChangeMakers People’s Choice Awards are a parallel award process to the WaterChange Makers, a global award introduced in 2020 by Global Water Partnership to make visible the teams and individuals who are building climate resilience by changing water decisions. The African parallel showcases the specific challenges of climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa.” they said
The duo stated that the SCRiKA project would contribute to various events, publications, and tools throughout the year, so that others could learn from their exemplary experiences.
The two entities stated that they look forward to continued partnership with the Zambian Government on the National Adaption Plan work and towards the goals of securing sustainable water supply for Africa’s prosperity.
And Mr. Chabala has expressed gratitude to the Government of the Netherlands and the Global Water Partnership Organisation for recognising the efforts and commitment that the Government of the Republic of Zambia has placed on combating the negative effects of climate change and safeguarding the well-being of the people and the environment.
The Permanent Secretary reassured the Government of the Netherlands and the Global Water Partnership Organisation that the Government of the Republic of Zambia cherishes close collaboration for the benefit of the present generation and posterity.
Mr. Chabala said he looked forward to the continued strengthening and expansion of ties with the two institutions.