National Networking on climate change

Coordination of NGOs on Climate Change.

ZERO is the current coordinator of the civil society organisations (CSO) Climate Change grouping called Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). ZERO is also involved in building the capacity of other CSOs on Climate Change related issues and training community representatives on behalf of other NGOs. It is also the current secretariat of Climate Action Network (CAN) Zimbabwe Chapter which is an affiliation to the CAN International.

Energy

ZERO plays a coordination role in the Green and Inclusive Programme (GIE) in Zimbabwe, mainly focusing on evidence-based lobbying and advocating for a smooth transitioning towards a greener and more inclusive energy system in Zimbabwe. GIE Programme is a partnership which focuses on lobby and advocacy that will influence the public and political debate on energy, with the ultimate aim of transitioning towards a greener and more inclusive energy system in Zimbabwe. The GIE Programme in Zimbabwe started in January 2017 and is getting financial and technical support from Hivos Southern Africa. The long term goal for the Programme in Zimbabwe is to make sure that by 2030 people's energy needs are met through green ad inclusive energy systems that create economic opportunities for women and men while mitigating climate change. The key activities undertaken in 2018 can be divided into three (3) categories that are:

1. mobilise

2. connect

3. influence

Mobilise: ZERO is sensitizing both energy and non-energy stakeholders to embrace the energy agenda in their work. This is done through empowering stakeholders to understand energy as a developmental issue in all developmental work. ZERO is working with nexus Ministries, nexus civil society organisation, private sector companies and also citizens.

Connect: ZERO works with like-minded organisations/stakeholders for joint action to accelerate efforts towards the promotion of renewable energy in Zimbabwe. The idea is to strengthen counter-voice towards duty bearers. ZERO is working with private sector networks (Renewable Energy Association in Zimbabwe-REAZ, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe-BCSDZ), Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust, SNV, Environment Africa and Practical Action among others.

Influence: ZERO is influencing power holders and duty bearers towards access to energy by all. In this, ZERO is engaging with Parliament Portfolio Committee on Energy and power development, private sector companies and Government Ministries and departments. The idea is to change the way of doing business to be pro-poor. The target is to influence policy development to favour green and inclusive energy system in Zimbabwe.

Climate Change

ZERO has been actively involved in climate change issues since 2003. It has devoted considerable time and energy on building understanding and consensus among the development and environment NGOs about the best ways of tackling climate change at both macro and micro levels and ensuring that the links between climate change and poverty are fully understood and fed into policy-making. This has been achieved through its coordination of the Zimbabwe climate Change Working group and support for regional NGOs through the then CLACC Programme.

In this light, ZERO has developed various tools and resources to support climate change adaptation practices, integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations, capacity building and awareness. ZERO has experience in developing and implementing Climate change Adaptation projects, working with the government, various media, communities and other NGOs. At the international level, ZERO works closely with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and German Watch and The Global Environment Facility on climate change issues and environmental programs.

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