KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT and Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) have launched a response preparedness project aimed at strengthening emergency response
preparedness to effectively tackle disasters in the country.
The project will run for three years in Chavuma, Kabompo and Zambezi, areas that are prone to flooding.
Speaking at the launch yesterday, Vice-President Inonge Wina said building resilience among communities that are vulnerable to effects of climate change can only be achieved by risk reduction approaches.
She said this in a speech read for her by Minister in the Office of the Vice-President Sylvia Chalikosa.
“This is the best way communities can cope with disasters and remain buoyant when disasters occur. I’m glad to hear that the project has a component called forecast-based financing. Indeed this mechanism is an innovative approach that uses scientific data and indicates elevated risks and only allows the release of humanitarian funding for actions before a potential disaster occurs,” she said.
Mrs Wina said the partnership will contribute to rebuilding communities that were damaged by climate change.
“I wish to inform you that Government is determined to accelerate the development of our country and restore the prosperity of our people affected by negative effects of climate change. We are focused on building a foundation that will propel Zambia’s climate landscape to one that contains the effects of climate change,” she said.