Causes of climate change in Zambia are not limited to pollution from the mines but inclusive of the industries, automobiles, deforestation, land degradation and indiscriminate waste disposal.
It is against this background that Plan International Zambia has launched a four year Climate Change Adaption Project in the Central Province.
The initiative which was launched early this year comes as a result of Plan International Zambia’s commitment to protect children against disasters and climate hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures and floods.
According to Plan International Zambia’s Disaster Response Management Focal Point Person, Wiscot Mwanza, the overall objective of the project is to contribute to reversing environmental damage, the maintenance of essential environmental and biological processes, and to achieving sustainability in natural resource utilisation for the benefit of the people.
Mr. Mwanza echoes the need for the local people to fully participate in this initiative as it is copupled with benefits such as construction of 24 fish ponds as well as training of 400 local people in bee keeping.
Communities will be trained in conservation farming to ensure they can still grow crops despite erratic, and sporadic rains.
Mr. Mwanza adds that, the Eur 515,600 project will further train fifty (50) community leaders in environment and natural resources management.
Central Province Deputy Permanent Secretary District Commissioner, Mr Felix Mang’wato says the government appreciates Plan International Zambia’s timely intervention to address effects of climate change in the region. He appealed to community members to “embrace the project and work together with Plan International to make it a success”.
Under this project 960,000 trees will be planted in schools, households, farms and riverbank areas to create a wind shield and to prevent soil erosion.
Six boreholes will be drilled to supply water for irrigation in the 12 seedling nurseries that will be established.
The project is increasing children’s awareness of climate change by training 26 teachers including early childhood care givers who will form “Think Green school Clubs”.
Plan International Zambia has partnered with Green Leaving Movement to implement the Climate Change and Adaption project in Central Province.