Zambia launches Technology Needs Assessment for climate change adaptation report
By Edith Mwale, Lusaka, Zambia
The Zambian government has launched the first Technology Needs Assessment reports aimed at identifying technologies to address climate change.
The Technology Needs Assessment reports are expected to form the basis for a selection of technology to facilitate the transfer and access to the environmentally sound technologies.
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Harry Kalaba said the purpose of the Technological Needs Assessment project reports is to assist Zambia to ascertain and analyse priority technology needs which can form a foundation for environmentally sound technology to be undertaken.
“It is envisaged that the launch of these reports will open up access to funds, create an enabling environment for the transfer and uptake of technologies and highlight opportunities for research and development cooperation in the area of climate change,” Kalaba said.
Kalaba said Technological Needs Assessment present an opening to track a sprouting need for new equipment, techniques, practical knowledge and skills which are essential to mitigate greenhouse gas emission and lessen the vulnerability of sectors and livelihoods to the impacts of climate change.
Kalaba further said the reports indicate to the developed country partners and stakeholders what Zambia’s priorities are in terms of technologies to address climate change.
The project, Kalaba said, has also identified obstacles impeding the acquisition, development and diffusion of prioritised technologies and developed a technology action plan.