Melo News | Friday, 9th February 2024 | Lusaka
The Honourable Mike Mposha MP, Minister of Water Development and Sanitation, received a courtesy visit from a delegation representing WWF Zambia on February 8, 2024. The delegation was led by Mrs. Nalucha Nganga Ziba, the Country Director of WWF Zambia, along with Mrs. Beauty Mbale, the Freshwater Lead, and Mr. Moses Nyirenda, the Chief Conservation Officer. This visit aimed to establish a productive dialogue between WWF Zambia and the Ministry of Water Development and Sanitation, highlighting the importance of freshwater conservation and sustainable water management in Zambia.
During the meeting, the main emphasis was placed on the significant outcomes of COP 28, with particular attention given to the Freshwater Challenge. This challenge has a specific objective of rejuvenating 300,000 kilometers of rivers that have been negatively impacted and restoring 350 million hectares of wetlands that have suffered degradation by the year 2030. It is crucial to ensure the preservation and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems throughout this process.
It is crucial to highlight that at the local level, there is a significant focus on addressing the Freshwater Challenge by devising creative financial strategies to support the implementation of the Magoye River Catchment Restoration and Protection Plan. This plan aims to restore and safeguard the Magoye River Catchment by effectively addressing the key issues that are currently causing detrimental effects on its ecosystem.
In anticipation of World Water Day on March 22, 2024, the Ministry and WWF Zambia have affirmed their preparedness to join forces in numerous initiatives and endeavors aimed at promoting the importance of freshwater conservation.