cop16 summit.jpgThe government has joined hands with other African countries in calling on developed countries to provide funding for programmes that seek to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The call comes at time the country is preparing to commemorate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which falls on the 16th of September.

The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Cde Francis Nhema said the position that has been taken by African countries on issues of climate change is that they want funding for programmes on mitigation and funding to assist communities so that they can adapt to climate
change.

He said as preparations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa take the centre stage, African countries which continue to suffer the effects of climate change such as prolonged drought, tropical storms and intense heat waves among others will insist that countries responsible for emissions must reduce them given the time frame that was agreed in the Kyoto Protocol Phase 1.

Climate change is known to be partly caused by human activity mainly changes in land use, deforestation and coal mining among others, with the energy sector responsible for 75% of carbon-dioxide and 20% of methane emissions.

African countries including Zimbabwe have already experienced some of the effects of climate change that include longer periods of droughts.