By BUUMBA CHIMBULU
AFRICAN countries, including Zambia, need to adopt new approach of managing risks especially those related to climate change as the current mechanism has proved to be ineffective.
Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) climate change coordinator, Mclay Kanyangarara, observed that most COMESA member states had a fragmented and random approach to managing risks, shocks and stresses.
This approach, he said, had proved to be ineffective as the magnitude of loss and damage continued to escalate in the region.
He said this in a statement ahead of the two-day meeting which begun in Lusaka today to discuss the Regional Resilience Initiative on climate change, launched in 2017.
“Governments find themselves diverting resources allocated too much needed developmental projects and programmes to deal with the effects of the disasters thereby trapping many in a vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment,” Dr Kanyangarara said.
He observed that the natural and economic systems were interconnected at the national and regional levels, hence impacted on one another.
He said most COMESA countries were vulnerable and faced similar threats of climate change and droughts, flooding, industrial shocks, extreme rainfall and disease outbreaks among others.The two days meeting is aimed at supporting member states to strengthen their policy and coordination mechanisms, and to develop national resilience policies and implementation frameworks.
These will serve as national guiding documents to resilience building and project implementation at member state level.