EASTERN Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo has said climate change is globally recognized as a serious challenge to the social and economic well being of humankind.
Mr Kasolo said at the consultative stakeholders’ planning workshop for the formulation of the climate change communication strategy in Chipata yesterday that most recent scientific report by the intergovernmental panel on climate change point to overwhelming evidence on the causes and effects of climate change.
He said Zambia was already experiencing a number of climate-related hazards over the past years especially droughts and dry spells, seasonal and flash floods which have increased in frequency and intensity.
“It is from this background that the Government developed the national policy on climate change which was launched on 3rd march two weeks ago,” he said.
Mr Kasolo said Government has made positive response in addressing climate change.
He said the Government values stakeholder participation in achieving its development agenda and responding to all developmental challenges through multi-sectoral and integrated approaches in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
He said that country-wide climate change knowledge, attitude and behavioral survey was conducted in all the 10 provinces of Zambia between July and September in 2016 with the aim of determining the levels of awareness members of the public had on climate change.
Mr Kasolo said Government was commitment to promoting communication and dissemination of climate change information so as to enhance awareness and understanding of opportunities and impacts.
He urged all involved in the dissemination of information on climate change to utilize the communication strategy in undertaking outreach programmes when engaging with members of the public and other stakeholders on how to adapt and mitigate climate change in the country.