The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) National Coordinator, Chanda Kabwe, has reiterated the need for increased coverage of people having access to early warning information related to climate change in order to improve early action and planning especially related to building resilient livelihoods.
This is in light of the presidential directive for government to realign itself to new ways of sustainability by understanding the changing environment, adapting methods of survival and putting in place action plans to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Mr. Kabwe was speaking during the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) – European Union programme dubbed “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities” being held in Savona, Italy. The primary goal of the programme is to provide a comprehensive view of hazard, risk and uncertainties for floods and droughts in a changing climate and socio-economic situation, projected over the next 50 years.
He noted that the impacts of climate change are manifesting and overwhelming many countries; especially developing countries in the tropics, these impacts are indeed great and therefore calls for concerted effort in mitigating impacts of the scourge informed by evidence.
Mr. Kabwe disclosed that the information from the programme will be used to improve local policy and the National Disaster Risk Management framework to answer to local risks and direct investment in the desired areas.
The government further intends to use the information to complete sovereign insurance risk transfer mechanisms working with the African Union through the Africa Risk Capacity. The Government has also developed the Community Based Disaster Risk Management manual to increase the reach of the vulnerable communities and incorporate the locals in planning and implementation.
Furthermore, government has revised standards for the construction of roads and other infrastructure, and are implementing a capacity building project to ensure the adherence to the standards together with the Road Development Agency. This is to enhance the ”Build Back Better” in Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.
Meanwhile, in its continuous relief distribution exercise, DMMU has released a total of ………. To central, Eastern, Lusaka, Muchinga, northern, Southern and western provinces.
DMMU Communications Officer