Zambia calls for a change of mindset in environmental management

LUSAKA, 5 June (Xinhua) – Zambia joined the rest the world on Wednesday to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day. The government called for a change in mindset and behavior by older and younger generations towards the management of the environmental.

Collins Nzovu, Minister of Green Economy and Environment, urged the public to support conservation and restoration of ecosystems and promote waste management practices which will encourage reuse and recycle.

“We can live in peace with the land. Let’s undo all the damage to our ecosystems. “Let’s give our children, and their children’s children, a chance for a better tomorrow,” he said.

This year’s theme is “Land Restoration for Drought Resilience” in Zambia.

Nzovu stated that the theme highlights the call for protection and revitalization of ecosystems, which are critical to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The minister stated that the theme was a call to action for all parties to join in the movement to restore ecosystems.

He said that land degradation, desertification and drought are growing threats in the world. Droughts are one of the biggest threats to sustainable development in developing countries.

Nzovu stated that droughts in Zambia are increasing in frequency, and they’re triggered by natural factors such as weather patterns. This year, 84 of Zambia’s 116 districts have been affected by drought. He called for concerted effort to change the situation, identify global environmental issues and find solutions.

James Wakiaga said that the United Nations Development Program resident representative for Zambia (UNDP), James Wakiaga stated that countries cannot plan or act as usual because environmental degradation has long-term effects and compromises the achievement of sustainable development goals.

He thanked the Zambian government for its efforts to combat desertification, and commended all stakeholders who have taken steps over the years.

Wakiaga stated that Zambia, as a signatory to UN Convention to Combat Desertification has agreed to protect, restore and create a more just, sustainable and safer future. He added that the government had already shown its commitment to combating desertification and degradation.

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