By Tendai Guvamombe
The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry is in the process of developing a Climate Change Online Portal. This is set to enhance access of climate change related information such as the policy framework and Zimbabwe’s climate change vulnerability profile among other issues.
It is envisioned that an online climate change portal will provide a platform to support decision makers around integrating climate change issues in disaster risk management and early warning.
This also cascades down in supporting climate change integration at national and subnational levels towards ultimately building the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change related disasters and extreme weather events such as cyclone Idai and Charlene which hit the south western parts of the country recently.
A Climate Change Scientist, Ms Emily Matingo reiterated on the importance of climate change information portal as a major component of National Adaptation Planning.
“Enhanced access to climate change information is a major component of National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process in the country. She noted that the NAP process is spearheading the process of reducing the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change by facilitating for the mainstreaming of climate change in development planning. ”
She also said, the Climate Change Portal will enhance accessibility of climate change information as it will be web based meaning to say anyone located far and wide will be able to access the information.
This took center stage at the validation workshop of the Climate Change Information Portal Development, National Adaptation Planning (NAP) Readiness Project conducted by Climate Change Management Department in Bulawayo from 20-21 December 2020.
The workshop also revealed that development of the climate change information portal has already been completed.
Climate Change Management Department Director, Mr Washington Zhakata hinted that climate change information and dissemination is important for all socio economic sectors of the economy as climate action directly feeds into the National Development Strategy (NDS).
“climate change information and dissemination is critical to all socio economic sectors of the economy that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, hence the prioritization of enhanced climate action in the National Development Strategy (NDS1). We have a task to role out the National Development Strategy to our stakeholders. Our section is on the improved climate action. .”