Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambia has not been spared from the global effects of climate change that include seasonal droughts, flooding and drying of major sources of water.
Amb. Mwamba who is also Zambia’s Permanent representative to the African Union(AU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said climate change was real and was impacting negatively on the lives of many people in Zambia.
Speaking during the UNECA Quarterly Briefing for African Ambassadors, Mr. Mwamba said the effects of climate change also have economic impact as could be seen from the effects left by cyclone Idai that severely affected Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
He said the cyclone damaged port and infrastructure facilities leading to Beira and Nakala export routes for Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba further said the dry spells being experienced in Zambia had seen farmers facing huge crop failure.
He also said the low water levels of dams ussed for power generation has inturn affected the generation of adequate electricity.
He said this development affected domestic and industrial production and forced the country to ration power.
He said Zambia which depended almost entirely on hydro power for its source of electricity required huge investment to diversify energy sources from solar, wind and nuclear power in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Mr. Mwamba called for concerted efforts in dealing with the problem of climate change as ignoring this would lead to disastrous effects.
And UNECA Secretary General Vera Songwe said the United Nations will hold a special Climate Change Action Summit next week in NewYork.
She said direct loses from climate change disasters were estimated at almost 3 trillion dollars.
She said the world was facing a climate emergency that required concerted efforts from all stakeholders.