As part of effort towards solving natural environmental problems in Zimbabwe, the Bulawayo United Residents’ Association (BURA) beckons on Meteorological Services Department (MSD) to educate residents on climate change, thereby reducing the risk of erratic rainfall, drought and floods which has constantly affected the country over the past few years.
According to Mr. Winos Dube, the chairman of BURA, he stressed the need for citizens to be enlightened about weather patterns, as they affect their day to day lives.
MSD Harare acting Director, Washington Zhakata said: “The biggest barriers to climate change adaptation is the lack of adequate knowledge and information at every level, nation, regional and local and thus the focus has to change and be on the adaptation.”
Also as regards proffering climate solutions, Bulawayo City Council acting senior engineer, Kwanele Sibanda said, their local climate solution was to, “ensure adequate potable water supply, increase water security, efficiently reduce water loss, increase public awareness, increasing resilience of water and sanitation infrastructure to climate change in every possible way they can”.
Mr. Dube also mentioned drilling of boreholes as a necessity due to the high dependency of most families on subsistence farming. “The dry spell increases demand on the market, which results in high prices on products. That could be avoided if all things were normal,” he said.
Therefore, he calls for the assistance of the Environment ministry in providing all resources required for awareness campaigns towards climate solution.
“The biggest barriers to climate change adaptation is the lack of adequate knowledge and information at every level, nation, regional and local and thus the focus has to change and be on the adaptation.”