Climate variability and change has become a major threat to sustainable development in Zambia. The country is already experiencing droughts, floods, and extreme temperatures with greater frequency and intensity. These are adversely affecting food and water security, water quality, energy and livelihoods, particularly in rural communities. Since 2018, UN CC:Learn has been working with the Zambian government and other stakeholders to develop the individual knowledge, skills and institutional capacities needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Towards a National Climate Change Learning Strategy

Our work in Zambia aims to build up the learning and skills development needed to deliver the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

We are building on the knowledge and experience of other UN CC:Learn country work, particularly Malawi and Zimbabwe, and collaborating with MIET Africa, an education NGO that works with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) governments to support the provision of quality education in the SADC region.

As a first step towards this strategy, a background report has been developed. The report includes:

  • A review of national policies, laws, strategies, initiatives, and priorities relevant to climate change learning, with a focus on the NDC and NAP processes,
  • Key stakeholders,
  • A review of past and current climate learning initiatives in the country.

The report also outlines recommendations to meet Zambia’s need for continuous training and capacity building, and for the planning and development of the national climate change learning strategy.

View the background report in English here.

Our National Partners

Our work in Zambia is implemented under the leadership of the Climate Change and Natural Resources Department in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.  A technical team, bringing together experts from the Climate Change and Natural Resources Department, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) and the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN), is spearheading the development of the country’s national climate change learning strategy.

The United Nations Development Program Zambia Country Office supports the implementation of our work, as part of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Support Programme.

View a video featuring young Zambians perspectives on climate change:

Contacts

Mr. Ephraim Mwepya Shitima
Director, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Department
UNFCCC Focal Point
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
Email: emshitima0@gmail.com

Ms. Carol Mwape Zulu
Chief Climate Change Officer
Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Department
2nd Floor Mulungushi House
Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources
Email: cmwapezulu@gmail.com

UN Country Team Liaison

Ms. Winnie Musonda
Assistant Resident Representative & Environment Advisor
UNDP Zambia
Email: winnie.musonda@undp.org

Ms. Laura Sinyama
Programme Associate
UNDP Zambia
Tel: +260 211 386200
Email: laura.sinyama@undp.org

Project News and Activities

Zambia is On the Way to Finalising its National Climate Change Learning Strategy
26-27 February 2020 | Chisamba, Zambia

UN CC:Learn Joins Forces with the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) to Strengthen Climate Resilience in Zambia
06 November 2019 | Lusaka, Zambia

UN CC:Learn Ambassador Ms. Shamiso Najira Inspires Zambia
20 July 2019 | Lusaka, Zambia

UN CC:Learn Project Launch in Zambia
20 July 2019 | Zambia