The Government of Zimbabwe is scaling up its climate change mainstreaming agenda in response to the unprecedented impacts of climate change that the country has been witnessing in recent years as evidenced by extreme weather events such as floods, hailstorms strong winds and droughts.
Mainstreaming agenda seeks to reduce the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change as well as facilitate for the climate proofing of the country’s socio economic sectors, communities and livelihoods alike through taking on board climate change considerations in planning and budgetary processes.
The National Adaptation Planning (NAP) agenda is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change resilience building drive were developing countries party to the convention are expected to formulate their adaptation plan as part of their enhanced climate action. Thus Zimbabwe’s NAP process will be key in addressing climate change related impacts that have ravaged some parts of the country threatening to derail development strides achieved by the country since 1980.
The climate change mainstreaming agenda comes at an opportune time the Government is spearheading the devolution agenda. Thus effectively intergrating climate change considerations in devolution will help strengthen the countries adaptive capacity in the medium to long term.
The National Adaptation Planning process to climate change is anchored on the country’s development frameworks such as the National Development Strategy 1(2021-2025) which speaks to enhanced climate action and building resilience.
Against this background, Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry with the technical support from Green Climate Fund(GCF) held a two day Stakeholder Validation Workshop of Mapped District Multihazard Vulnerability Assessment Report, from the 17-18 December 2020 in Bulawayo.
The validation was specifically targeted for stakeholders in the Southern part of the country realizing their vulnerability to the impact of climate change. Prior to the engagement, Climate Change Management Department had conducted consultations with various stakeholders across the country.
In a speech read on behalf of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Permanent Secretary, Mr Munesu Munodawafa by Kudzai Ndidzano Deputy Director Climate Change Management Department said the Vulnerability Assessment Report will be key in addressing measure to address climate change impacts experienced by Zimbabwe.
He noted that In response to climate change challenges the Government of Zimbabwe initiated the process of mainstreaming climate change in order to cushion the country against unprecedented climate vagaries and shocks. However, in order to effectively address the climate change challenge there is need to first establish the vulnerability extent of the country’s socio economic sectors, communities and livelihoods alike.
“As part of this mainstreaming agenda, studies have been made towards having an enhanced understanding of Zimbabwes vulnerability status. The studies point towards a drier and warmer future requiring a coherent and coordinated climate change response plan.”
The Vulnerability Assessment Report feeds in to the recently launched National Development Strategy (2021-2025) with a drive to factor in climate change resilience building interventions for the country by leveraging on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
According to Emily Matingo, a Climate Change Scientist in the Climate Change Management Department and Green Climate Fund(GCF) National Adaptation Plan Readiness, Coordinator, the report will be relevant to identify areas that are more vulnerable to climate change impacts as evidenced through the increase in occurrence of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. She also noted that the information will provide a good baseline to inform future climate change investments.
The climate change mainstreaming agenda provides a solid foundation to integrate climate change considerations in development planning thereby climate proofing the country’s socio economic sectors communities and livelihoods alike.