Zimbabwe’s National Climate Change Response Strategy

The Government of Zimbabwe regards climate change as one of the threats to the country and its people and is also of the view that climate change has the potential to undermine many of the positive developments made in its meeting the country’s development goals. Both climate change and policies to minimize its effects have enormous socio-economic and environmental implications. The challenge for the country is how to develop adaptation strategies that can reduce and mitigate the diverse and complex impacts of climate change. The National Climate Change Response Strategy is a response to this challenge and also aims to contribute towards achieving Zimbabwe’s Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) 2013-2018 and beyond. SOURCE

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Climate Change in Zimbabwe: Facts for Planners and Decision Makers

 So what do Zimbabweans think about climate change? Last year Research and Advocacy Group (RAU) conducted a rapid study to try to find out. The results showed that while many have heard of climate change few understand exactly what it means or what causes it. Even less could say how climate change was going to affect Zimbabwe in the future or what they could do about it.  RAU consulted the experts and developed a book to give Zimbabweans some information to help them plan for the future. This book will be distributed to planners and decision-makers in government and civic society and is available online. RAU hopes that the book will be taken by others, translated, summarised and made useful for people at many different levels of society. SOURCE
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Children And Climate Change In Zimbabwe

 The Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) in partnership with UNICEF carried out a study on the vulnerabilities of children to the impacts of climate change and climate variability, and how these interact with children’s social and physical vulnerabilities. This process involved soliciting children’s views, knowledge and experiences on the impacts of climate change, so that the special needs of children can be incorporated into national policies, planning and practices. The study facilitated the incorporation of children’s views and concerns into Zimbabwe’s National Climate Change Response Strategy, as well as their suggested strategies for action to combat climate change and to become more resilient to its negative impacts. SOURCE
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Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in Zimbabwe

 This paper reviews impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Zimbabwe, with  the intention of providing a broad overview of the key issues related to climate change facing this particular country. It draws on a set of background papers that were produced by the Policy and Advocacy for Climate Change in Zimbabwe project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and implemented by IIED, the Zimbabwe Regional Environment Organisation (ZERO), and Dialogue on Shelter. These papers examine climate trends, scenarios and projections for Zimbabwe and draw upon a variety of case studies on adaptation projects. SOURCE
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Potential Effects Of Climate Change On Corn Production In Zimbabwe

 This study uses Global Circulation Models (GCMs) and the dynamic crop growth model CERES-Maize to assess the potential  effects of climate change on corn (Zea :nays L.) in Zimbabwe. Corn is the most widely grown crop in Zimbabwe and is often under environmental stress due to high ambient temperature and low  rainfall conditions. Global climate change scenanos suggest corn pro- ductivity in Zimbabwe will decrease dramatically under non-irrigated or irrigated conditions in some regions of agricultural  production. The reductions in corn  yields are primarily attributed to ambient temperature increases which shorten the crop growth penod, particularly the grain-filling penod. If   cli- mate effects occur farmers may find corn production an unacceptably risky activity. Adaptation options are available  but financial costs may be prohibitive to communal area farmers. SOURCE
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