Under the Medium Term Plan (MTP), the key principle to sustainable development is that people have the right to use environmental goods and services for their benefit but also have the responsibility to look after the environment to ensure that the next generations are able to derive similar benefits. Key emphasis will be to ensure that natural resources are conserved and used sustainably to generate net benefits now, while safeguarding opportunities for the future generations to be able to sustain their development.
The national priority focuses on reduction of extreme poverty through improved agricultural production and productivity, food and nutrition security at household levels, increased environmental awareness and sustainable use and management of natural resources and improved rural livelihoods.
The issues of environmental degradation, lack of access to clean and affordable energy services, global climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by Zimbabwe alone. UNDP is working with Government of Zimbabwe and other partners to address these issues.
The UNDP Zimbabwe country office is strongly involved in the energy, environment, land and water sectors.
- Temperatures in Zimbabwe will warm by 2°C by 2030 and 3.5°C by 2070
- Rainfall patterns in Zimbabwe are likely to decline by 10 - 20 % by 2050
- Africa accounts for only 3.8% of the worlds carbon emissions.
- Annual surface temperatures in Zimbabwe set to increase by 0.04°C every decade.
- Frequency of annual warm days in Zimbabwe to increase by 1.9°C per decade
- Frequency of annual cold days in Zimbabwe to increase by 1.1°C per decade
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