By Tapiwa Makosa

Climate Change in Zimbabwe: A guide for Planners and Decision Makers is a book that has been launched in  Harare with the government of Zimbabwe  welcoming the development.

The book was written by one of Southern Africa’s expert consultants on Climate Change,  Anna Brazier with support from  a German organisation, Konrad Adenuer  Stiftung.

Mr Washington Zhakata the Director of Climate Management Department in the ministry of Climate and Water,   said the government   welcomed the handbook as it would build the capacity of policy-makers.

“My ministry  welcomes this handbook for policy makers as it provides a brief description of Climate Change issues, drivers, impacts and actions from climate negotiations, technical, financial and practical perspectives in Zimbabwe.

“It also discusses and provides useful links to opportunities for low carbon development which are available to climate proof both rural and urban Zimbabwe”, he said.

Zhakata who represented  Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the government minister  said the government was aware of the need for partnerships to achieve national targets  and goals hence the importance of such a book.

“Whilst the country has clear targets and climate objectives, it still required a smaller operational reference book with practical climate smart actions and law hanging fruits for decision-makers.

“It is hoped that the book will be of use to policy implimentors, planners and decision-makers from all sectors of Zimbabwe. It will thus help Zimbabwe meet her target of reducing emissions in the energy sector by 33% and adapting to Climate Change,” he said.

The German Ambassador to Zimbabwe Dr Thorsten Hutter also applauded the collaboration between the governments of Zimbabwe and Germany  on Climate Change issues.

“We have come a long way working together as Zimbabwe and Germany. I was happy to know a lot of people attended the COP meeting in Bonn. It is a clear sign that Zimbabwe has embraced the issues to do with Climate Change.

“We should take care of this planet for there is no planet B. We therefore commend such efforts  to come up with a book that addresses Climate Change issues targeting the policymakers,” said Ambassador Hutter.

Legislator Tapiwa Mashakada who seats on the Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change and Environment said the book was a good start in coming up with comprehensive information for legislators.

“I think it is a very good start, because coming up with  such a book on Climate Change is a commendable task and I hope it will compliment all the efforts that we are putting in place to make sure that Zimbabweans  are aware of Climate Change impacts.

“In most cases we did not have all this information on Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk  management in one place. If we have a book such as this it really makes our awareness and adaptation much easier”, said  Mashakada.

Anna Brazier the author was very modest about her work and  chose to pay tribute to those who contributed in different ways.
“This book is not a product of one person. It has my name on it but I really see myself as a facilitator rather than the author.

“It was a privilege to work on the book but it would not come out without the help of other experts who contributed from the review of the first edition to this outcome,” said Brazier.

The  book aims to provide planners and decision makers with concise, user-friendly information to help them design future projects with Climate Change in mind.

It will help implimentors to build resilient communities, raise awareness of the current and potential impacts of Climate Change and develop strategies to prepare for the future. ACCCKF