UN CC:Learn in Zimbabwe
Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
The impacts of global climate change and variability are becoming more evident with increased incidences of droughts, cyclones, floods, hailstorms and heatwaves. Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the global economy with developing countries being more vulnerable due to their low adaptive capacity, limited climate knowledge and over-reliance on climate-sensitive sectors. The impacts of climate change in Zimbabwe are likely to stall the country’s development endeavors posing serious risks to the main economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry and water resources through an increase in extreme weather events and changes in the weather patterns. The frequency of and magnitude droughts, floods, heatwaves, and erratic rainfall patterns have noticeably increased. Many of these weather events have led to loss of both human and animal lives. Against this backdrop, the government of Zimbabwe has launched a national UN CC:Learn project to strengthen learning and skills development to address climate change in the country with the specific aim of advancing the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The project has a strong knowledge and regional experience sharing focus, building on the experience of Malawi and collaboration with Zambia and MIET Africa, an innovative education NGO that works with SADC governments to support the provision of quality education in the SADC region.
The UN CC:Learn project in Zimbabwe is implemented under the leadership of the Climate Change Management Department, Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism & Hospitality Industry through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder arrangement. The implementation of the project is supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Zimbabwe Country Office, through the UNDP-supported Supporting Enhanced Climate Action for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development Pathway Project (SECA).
The first step for the development of the National Climate Change Learning Strategy is to develop a background report on national climate change priorities and relevant capacity development goals and initiatives.
The Background Report covers national policy priorities, initiatives and institutions relevant for climate change capacity development in Zimbabwe, particularly:
• Review of relevant national policies, laws, strategies, initiatives, and priorities on climate change learning; with particular attention to the NDC and NAP;
• Identification of key stakeholders and preparation of a stakeholder analysis;
• Review of past and on-going climate change learning initiatives in Zimbabwe.
• Provides recommendations regarding the need for continuous training and capacity development as the national climate change learning strategy is further developed as well as a Policy Brief on the importance of climate change learning for Zimbabwe.