Zim working on National Climate Change Adaptation Plan

By Lisa Masuku

Zimbabwe is working on formulating a National Climate Change Adaptation Plan as part of efforts to increase the country’s resilience against the socio-economic challenges brought about by climate change.

With Zimbabwe having experienced the adverse effects of climate change ranging from frequent droughts to tropical cyclones, the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry is working on an adaptation plan which will be out before the end of the year.

Director of Climate Change Management in the Ministry, Mr Washington Zhakata revealed this at a consultative meeting where stakeholders gathered in Bulawayo this Monday to deliberate on the alignment of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Resilience Framework with national plans.

“We are now frequently hit by droughts and floods. In order to climate-proof ourselves, we need to come up with a framework that will give our climate proofing. As a nation, we are in the process of coming up with a National Adaption Plan. A Plan that will guide us sector by sector on how to identify risks of climate change,” he said.

The National Climate Change Adaptation Plan process is an opportunity for member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and COMESA to upscale their climate adaptation efforts at a local level.

Lwembe Mwale, project officer under the COMESA Climate Change Project noted, “Under the UNFCCC each country is tasked with coming up with a national adaptation plan so as to strengthen the country’s adaptation efforts.”

In 2010, developing countries signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were encouraged to undertake the National Adaptation Planning process to boost their resilience against climate change.