Author: Joy Mlambo

Update – Towards the National Adaptation Plan

The National Adaptation Plan In 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate embarked on the development of a stocktaking report for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) under the project Integrated Planning Systems. The NAP is meant to operationalize the National Climate Change Response Strategy of 2015 and the Climate Policy which was launched in 2018 through developing adaptation strategies that are suitable to the various areas and sectors given the context specific nature of climate change effects. In addition to being a climate change adaptation action plan, the NAP will also facilitate the integration of climate change into...

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Climate Change And Persons Living With Disabilities

Heavy rains, tropical cyclones and droughts do not discriminate when they hit. But when disaster strikes, poor and vulnerable groups are often left behind and tend to be more affected in comparison to other population groups. Furthermore, the path to recovering from the impact of climate change hazards and disasters is not one of equal opportunity. Due to existing resource access disparities, some population groups face increased exposure to the negative effects of climate change. For persons living with disabilities, their situation is even more desperate. One of the central pledges of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda is to “leave no one behind”.  It is thus important that vulnerable and marginalised groups are included from the start in preparing for climate change adaptation and that the inequalities and the risks that they face are understood in order to plan and invest in an inclusive manner. During a recent consultative workshop on how climate change was affecting vulnerable groups as part of developing the stocktaking report for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), the Chairperson of the Federation of Organisations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe, Mr Khupe argued for the need to address challenges faced by people with disabilities and noted that, “In developing countries like Zimbabwe, disabled people suffer an uneven number of fatalities due to climate change. For example, we are particularly vulnerable in disaster situations including extreme...

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Livestock Production in the Face of Climate Change

Sparsely distributed Mopani vegetation characterised by patches of grass can be noted when entering ward 30 of Buhera District. In some places, vast areas of bare soil with little or no sign of grass can be seen.  Of particular note is the heat and dryness of the area. It is seen that the maize crop that people had planted has wilted and hope of attaining a harvest is dim. Emily Matingo, a climate change scientist in the Climate Change Management Department under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate had this to say, “Due to climate change, some areas...

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Using The Climate Smart Village Approach To Build Climate Resilience In Chiredzi

To date, three climate-smart villages have successfully been set up in Chiredzi district, helping farmers adapt and build resilience to climate change in a holistic way. This has been achieved by implementing interventions that enable communities to increase their agricultural productivity and income, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Unganai the Project Manager explains on this more, “The approach is such that communities in a village are equipped to improve their resilience to climate change by introducing a variety of measures which are weather, water, carbon, nitrogen, energy and knowledge smart. Incremental concentration of these...

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Rainwater Harvesting and Integrated Planning for Resilience

Integrated planning for resilience The effects of climate change have become common, however a cumulative effort is necessary if resilience is to be build. Emily Matingo a Climate Change Scientist from the Climate Change Management Department in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate elaborates on this, “When there are climate extremes, such as drought, water levels decrease thus affecting the mandate of ZINWA whose vision rides on providing universal and affordable clean and safe water to drink and for domestic and other purposes.  However, due to a decrease in water, livestock suffer as there is not enough water...

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