Delegates from Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia met recently in Tanzania to discuss ways of strengthening national capacity to adapt biodiversity and natural resource laws and governance to climate change with a focus on strengthening climate change policy and laws in the three countries. The workshop also looked at ways of enhancing synergies with international biodiversity and natural resource laws and policies.
This workshop is one of the activities being implemented under the ELC project Enhancing Synergies between Biodiversity and Climate Change, which is managed in conjunction with IUCN’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office.
In her opening remarks, Tanzania’s Assistant Director from the Department of Environment in the Vice President’s Office, Ms Magdalena Mtenga gave assurance that the government of Tanzania supports the project and looks forward to the outcomes of the workshop and other project processes. “I consider this workshop and broadly the project, as an opportunity to raise legal issues that relate to climate change adaptation, so that the subject of climate change is correctly addressed in our legal frameworks.”
During the workshop, the participants had an opportunity to verify the policy and legal analysis reports that were commissioned by the project in the three countries. The discussion raised issues that needs strengthening in each country report. The reports formed the basis for the planning of the future activities of the project and IUCN’s role on climate change adaptation laws and policy in the region. The next dialogue under this project is planned for February 2012 in Mozambique.
Commenting on the workshop, one participant, Mr Nyoni from Zambia Climate Change Network noted that the workshop “opens avenues for further collaboration on climate change issues within and among the three countries, and helps in strengthening concerted efforts between players in a country.”
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