‘Economies vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change’

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BUSINESS NEWS -

AD­DIS ABABA. — Africa’s core eco­nomic sec­tors are highly vul­ner­a­ble to the im­pacts of cli­mate vari­abil­ity and change, says Mr James Murombedzi, of­fi­cer-in­charge of the Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Africa’s African Cli­mate Pol­icy Cen­tre.

At the be­gin­ning of a two-day train­ing of train­ers work­shop in Ad­dis Ababa, Mr Murombedzi said it was cru­cial for the con­ti­nent to main­stream cli­mate in­for­ma­tion ser­vices into devel­op­ment pol­icy, plans and pro­cesses.

He added un­less Africa de­vel­ops a strong, sci­en­tific un­der­stand­ing of the im­pacts of the chang­ing weather and cli­mate pat­terns on its vi­tal sec­tors and how this will change in the fu­ture, the con­ti­nent’s sus­tain­able devel­op­ment agenda was at risk.

“With ef­fec­tive cli­mate in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, our cli­mate-sen­si­tive sec­tors will be able to cope bet­ter with in­creased vari­abil­ity, bring­ing greater agri­cul­tural and other pro­duc­tiv­ity while build­ing re­silience and im­prov­ing liveli­hoods across the con­ti­nent,” said Mr Murombedzi.

He un­der­scored that ac­cu­rate and ac­ces­si­ble cli­mate in­for­ma­tion, for ex­am­ple rain­fall and wind in­for­ma­tion, helps farm­ers de­cide not only when to plant and har­vest, but when to dry their crops, and when to look out for pests and dis­ease out­breaks that can ruin yields.

“Work­ing with in­for­ma­tion in this way, farm­ers in­crease their chances of boost­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and avoid­ing post-har­vest losses,” Mr Murombedzi said, adding that meet­ing th­ese needs was the fo­cus of this emerg­ing field called cli­mate in­for­ma­tion and ser­vices, which aims to bridge the gap be­tween cli­mate sci­ence, pol­icy and prac­tice for adap­ta­tion de­ci­sion-mak­ing and dis­as­ter re­silience. The ACPC boss was ad­dress­ing 26 in­struc­tors from African par­lia­ments, me­dia train­ing in­sti­tu­tions, civil so­ci­ety, youth and re­gional train­ing in­sti­tutes at­tend­ing the ToT on main­stream­ing cli­mate in­for­ma­tion ser­vices into devel­op­ment pol­icy, plans and pro­cesses.

The train­ing of train­ers work­shop was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive be­tween ECA, the United Na­tions In­sti­tute for Train­ing and Re­search and the African In­sti­tute of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Plan­ning un­der the frame­work of the Weather In­for­ma­tion and Cli­mate Ser­vices ini­tia­tive. — Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Africa

It is cru­cial for the con­ti­nent to main­stream cli­mate in­for­ma­tion ser­vices into devel­op­ment pol­icy, plans and pro­cesses

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