cop16 summit.jpgAs the climate change negotiations enter into the second week, developing countries have continued to call for more financial and technical support from developed countries to assist them in improving their abilities to mitigate and adapt to effects of climate change.


The issue of funding, adaptation, mitigation, and technology transfer and the amendment of the Kyoto Protocol are taking centre stage in most sessions at the climate change convention in Cancun, with developing countries admitting that adaptation funding by the developed countries has started to be accessible though it is insufficient to meet their requirements.

Head of the Zimbabwe delegation to Mexico, who is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Ms Florence Nhekairo, confirmed that the adaptation funding is now accessible as Zimbabwe has from July this year been allocated $6.8 billion in the Resource Allocation Framework 5, which can already be accessed for projects on climate change, biological diversity, land degradation, and protection of international waters.


Ms Nhekairo said the recently allocated funds to the government of Zimbabwe from the Global Environment Fund will be administered through UNDP and GEF adding that of the amount US$1,5 million has been earmarked for small grants projects.


She said although the US$6,8 million funds have not been accessed as yet, what is pleasing to note is that the funds are available for use.


To date, six projects aimed at coping with drought and climate change are currently underway in Chiredzi district. Under the programmes, small-holder farmers in Chiredzi district are demonstrating natural resources management as a drought risk management and climate change adaptation strategy and in the same manner another project demonstrate the potential of livestock production in drought risk management and climate change adaptation.


A pilot demonstration site has also been put in place in Chiredzi to show the potential of captive crocodile breeding and cassava production project as an alternative source of livelihood and strategy for drought risk management and climate change adaptation in changing climates.


Prospects are that in February next year the Global Environmental Fund might release more funds for adaptation in a move aimed at making sure all the provinces have a fair share of the projects.


Though the environmental adaptation funds are now accessible the Group of 77 and China is still insisting that the financial support that is currently available is certainly insufficient and the procedures in having access to them are inadequate and difficult.


The group pointed out that the time taken from project conception and delivery of fund is too long and that thereby is need for the reform of GEF to address urgent issues and the continents crucial problems adding that GEF needs greater reform to simplify its procedures and conditionality’s.
Meanwhile, by Sunday afternoon climate change negotiators were still working with country representatives engaging on what will be presented to Ministers next Tuesday at the beginning of a high level meeting.


Working groups, parties and negotiators on the Kyoto Protocol and the Long Term Cooperative Action under the convention successfully concluded their work for the week with a number of significant draft decisions that will be put on the table for discussions and amendment next week before they are put forward for adoption in the final plenary of the conference on December 10.