ZEMA steps up fight on climate change

THE Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has embarked on various projects to reduce greenhouse gases in order to  protect people and the environment from dangerous chemicals that have caused climate change.

ZEMA acting director general Maxwell Nkoya said global climate change has become a reality and its undesirable impacts on natural resources was contributing to environmental degradation at all levels.

Mr Nkoya was speaking during the handover ceremony of computers for the greenhouse gases inventory to sector lead institutions  that were trying to work together to mitigate climate change in Zambia.

He said there was need to have resources such as the computers to measure the gases so that the quantities were known, adding that an information platform would be developed with the central server to network all the lead institutions working with ZEMA to enhance data flow for inventory compilation process. Mr Nkoya said evidence of climate change was taken from records of surface temperatures and rainfall patterns over several years.

He said the Government had spent colossal sums of money to repair damaged infrastructure and to assist the people who were affected.

“This 2015/2016 season as announced by the Meteorological Department has forecast that some areas in Zambia will receive normal to below normal rainfall, and in this case it may affect crop production; all is because of the climate change,” he said.

He said some sectors such as the Ministry of Energy, Forestry, Agriculture, Commerce and Local government, were identified to be key sources of greenhouse gases who should monitor the phenomenon.