31 May 2014

Zimbabwe: 'Collaborate to Tackle Climate Change'

Acting Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Professor Jonathan Moyo, yesterday said it is important for African nations to come up with a co-ordinated approach to deal with issues of climate change.Prof Moyo, who is also the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, said this at the end of a week-long second African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology that the country hosted.

"Climate is perhaps the only obvious phenomenon that is not territorial by its very nature as it affects the entire globe such that what happens on one part impacts on all the other parts of the globe.

"When it now comes to the question of planning certainly with respect to agriculture for example but not only restricted to it what is happening in the oceans right now will affect the prospects of rain in the next rainy season and that can't be the focus of one country as such it is important that African countries under the auspices of the AU but more also from a regional point of view.

"Here AMCOMET is the coming together of specific countries that are leading the articulation of policy because of the recognition that you are dealing with an issue that affects us in equal ways therefore you need an integrated strategy," Prof Moyo said.

He added that co-operation between countries would also ensure accessibility to latest technologies in assessing weather conditions that an individual country may not afford.

"There is also the question of changing methods of focusing. It is not the issue of what is the temperature going to be like today and the equipment required is not the odd instrument out there, a very important issue that was the focus of the bureau meeting here is the project of the space policy programme to have a satellite.

"The technology on weather satellite has been perfected but no single African country especially countries like ours can afford to get one if it works alone so collaborating makes that possible. It is therefore necessary that we work with other countries," Prof Moyo said.

The secretary general of the World Meteorology Organisation, Mr Michel Jarraud, thanked Zimbabwe for successfully hosting the conference.

"We have come a long way and I am so happy that this mechanism is coming to life. In its first two years it has made a difference and has come up with an African strategy for meteorology. I would want to thank Zimbabwe for hosting this session, your country has played a leadership role in getting this organisation up and running," he said.

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