Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

UN CC:Learn in Zambia

Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change

Climate variability and change has become a major threat to sustainable development in Zambia. The country is already experiencing climate induced hazards which include drought, floods and extreme temperatures. Droughts and floods have increased in frequency and intensity over the past few decades and have adversely impacted food and water security, water quality, energy and livelihoods of the people, especially in rural communities.  Such impacts are likely to compound the daunting economic and social challenges the country already faces. In order to strengthen individual knowledge, skills and institutional capacities to foster green, low emission and climate resilient development, the country has  launched a national UN CC:Learn project to strengthen learning and skills development to address climate change in Zambia with the specific aim of advancing the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).  The project has a strong knowledge and regional experience sharing focus, building on the experience of Malawi and collaboration with Zimbabwe and MIET Africa, an innovative education NGO that works with SADC governments to support the provision of quality education in the SADC region.   

National Coordination

The UN CC:Learn project in Zambia is implemented under the leadership of the Climate Change and Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.   A Technical Team involving the Climate Change and Natural Resources Department, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) and the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) has been established to spearhead the development of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy. The implementation of the project is supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Zambia Country Office, through the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Support Programme.

Background Report

The first step for the development of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy is to develop a background report on national climate change priorities and relevant capacity development goals and initiatives.

The Background Report the following key aspects:

  • Review of relevant national policies, laws, strategies, initiatives, and priorities on climate change learning; with particular attention to the NDC, NAPA and the development of the NAP;
  • Identification of key stakeholders and preparation of a stakeholder analysis;
  • Review of past and on-going climate change (CC) learning initiatives in Zambia.

Finally it outlines some recommendations regarding the need for continuous training and capacity building as a basis for the further planning and formulation of the national climate change learning strategy.

To download the Background Report, access here