Zimbabwe to host Wetlands Conference

Online Desk |  2 weeks ago | local

Zimbabwe has been given a nod to host the 15th meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP15) next year showing a growing confidence from global countries on the ability by the nation to host international events. 

This follows China proposing at the ongoing conference of parties in Egypt that Zimbabwe hosts the meeting which will see the country increase foreign receipts and boost tourism as well as lure investments. The Ramsar Convention derives its name from an Iranian City where the Convention was signed in 1971 with a view to advocate the protection of wetlands. 

The hosting of the event in Zimbabwe next year comes as the country is witnessing an increase in the destruction of wetlands through construction of properties.

Meanwhile the Egyptian President of the UN Climate Conference, Sameh Shoukry, has told delegates that time is not on their side if a deal is to be concluded before the scheduled close of the conference tommorow. There have been warnings that negotiations are progressing too slowly because of deep divisions on some central issues. A draft agreement published today does not include directions for the launch of a loss and damage fund to assist the most vulnerable countries nor does the draft introduce a broad commitment to phase down all fossil fuels, rather than just coal, as has been proposed by India and the European Union.

This has been a demand of many developing nations.