Hon. Kaziya making a presentation during the Africa Hydromet event panel discussion at COP 22
Hon. Lloyd Kaziya M.P, Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection called for modernisation of hydrological and meteorological services to enhance service delivery. This was during the Africa Hydromet Programe event at the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) was held 07-18 Nov 2016 in Marrakach, Morrocco. He indicated that Climate change is real and Zambia is already affected as seen through recurrent droughts and floods, which makes adequate meteorological services necessary to support resilient growth across sectors. He indicated that Zambia is deeply affected by climate change as, in the past five years, our rivers have been drying up while the frequency of droughts has increased affecting our smallholder farmers in terms of production, and to make matters worse, information flow to the affected communities is not readily available. He called for urgent support from cooperating partners to address the dwindling water and climate information and services gap especially for the rural poor. He indicated that Zambia requires urgent support to upgrade hydromet systems and integrate them in all key sectors such as Mining, Energy and Agriculture.
The meeting received political and technical endorsement of the urgent need for investing in hydromet modernization by governments and their development partners, as a fundamental investment in climate adaptation, and for building climate resilience, which also serves the twin purpose of informing early warning and disaster preparedness.