$4m shot-in-the-arm for climate change
A pilot climate change project meant to help communities in drought-prone Chiredzi district to overcome the effects of climate change has received a $4 million boost.
Dr Leonard Unganayi, the manager of the Coping with Drought and Climate Change project administered by the United Nations Development Programme and the government run Environmental Management Agency, said the funds were provided for by the Global Environment Facility.
“This will assist to leverage more resources because scaling up adaptation nationally is not a small job - it requires huge amounts of money. It also requires a lot more players. So we need to see the private sector, civil society and government coming on board,” he said.
The project is expected to be replicated throughout the country upon the conclusion of the one-year project design phase, which commenced in April. This will be focused on rural areas as that is where the impacts of climate change and disaster vulnerabilities are the highest - particularly in agro-ecological zones 4 and 5.
The project has been on a trial run since 2008 and matured in September 2012 upon the exhaustion of project funds. “Many people are talking about it and some NGOs have picked up the idea really well and replicated it elsewhere in the country, which is a positive impact. A good example is the idea of village level weather monitoring. We have also influenced government to come up with a national climate response strategy,” said Unganayi.