BY VANESSA GONYE
GERMAN non-governmental organisation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Zimbabwe (KAS), has intensified efforts to increase awareness on the effects of climate change in the country.
Zimbabwe has been a victim of climate change, with the 2019 Cyclone Idai as the most tragic example where thousands of lives were lost in Chimanimani and Chipinge.
KAS recently launched five books to contribute to the different facets of the climate change discourse in the country.
While speaking at the launch, Anna Hoffman-Kwanga, director for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Zimbabwe office, said the publications were “a culmination of great partnerships and work on climate change; they tackle the topic of climate change from a multitude of perspectives.”
Veronica Jakarasi, a board member of the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe said: “Climate change requires wider co-operation and knowledge is central to its address.”
She commended KAS for its sterling work in shaping information that contributes to the regulation of climate change issues and creating awareness on climate change issues.
KAS Zimbabwe co-ordinator for climate change Dino Ndlovu said: “There is always space for more contribution on the effects of climate change. How it can be mitigated, how we can adapt, how laws can reflect the challenges we currently face in a way that would not require more drastic laws in the future because we acted too late and ultimately how all of this knowledge can be mainstreamed and made more palatable.”
He also said the five books dealt with the four pillars of climate change which KAS aimed to contribute to, hence the launch happening at the same time.
These pillars are adaptation, mitigation, regulation and awareness.
The books, Building Climate Change Resilient Communities in Africa: Insights from Zimbabwe’s urban and Rural Areas; Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation in Zimbabwe: Case Studies from Zimbabwe’s Urban and Rural Areas; Harnessing Zimbabwe’s Indigenous Knowledge for a Changing Climate; Climate Change Law in Zimbabwe: Concepts and Insights and The Role of the Media in Environmental Discourses in Zimbabwe pay attention to the challenges of climate change and how they can be