Climate Change: Towards a National Adaptation Plan for Zimbabwe

Nov 27, 2017

Cliimate change poses a major risk to Zimbabwe's rich biodiversity. Photo/UNDP

The first round of consultations in the urban sector on the implementation of National Adapatation Plan (NAP) to climate change took off to a smooth start on 23 November, 2017 with a call for partnerships to improve the resilience of cities to climate change impacts, and support clean and climate smart urban investments.

NAP is a flexible process that builds on the country’s existing adaptation activities and helps integrate climate change into national decision-making. The NAP is a strategic process for the country in that it analyses climate risks and adaptation options in the short and long term, which in turn help shaping the countrys Climate Policy, implementation of the Climate Change Response Strategy and supports up-scaling of climate resilient development initatives.

Highlighting the benefits to the economy of integrating adapation to climate change measures in developming planning, Engineer Mlilo, the PS in the Ministry of Local Government, Works and National Housing gave as an example, that green building investments, could both focus on addressing and adapting to climate risks while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and offering benefits in terms of energy efficiency and cost savings.

“More broadly, adaptation investments in urban centres such as those that increase the resilience and reliability of urban infrastructure can improve broader economic performance by increasing competitiveness and attractiveness for investors and the private sector in general,” he stated.

Echoing a similar theme, Ms. Anne Madzara, who is the UNDP Poverty Reduction, Environment and Climate Change Team Leader underlined that climate risks magnify development challenges “hence the need to address adaptation planning in the broader context of sustainable development planning”.  She added that NAP is catalytic to unlocking funds from local and external resources including through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) mechanisms, bilateral and multilateral channels.

In his remarks, Mr Zhakata, Director of Climate Change Management in the Ministry of Water Resources Development and Climate noted that increasing resilience in cities involves addressing basic poverty reduction and sustainable development goals. “Instead of seeing vulnerability to climate impacts as an additional concern, cities can mainstream resilience into existing efforts”.

Supported by UNDP and the Ministry of  Water Resources Development and Climate, the forum was part of a series of consultative wokshops that allows concerns and issues in urban areas to be captured and fed into the stocktaking report on climate change vulnerabilities that will inform the development of a National Adaptation Plan. Participants included representatives from Government, NGOs, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, resident associations and research institutions from Chitungwiza, Marondera, Chegutu, Bindura, Mutare, Rusape, Epworth and Chinhoyi urban centres.

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