pakistan floods.jpgClimate experts have called on the developed countries to speed up the adaptation funding process to mitigate natural disasters that are hitting the world at the moment which appear to be linked to climate change.


In recent years, the world has experienced an increase in the number of natural disasters.


This year alone, more than 300 major natural disasters have hit the world, killing hundreds of thousands of people.


Disasters such as the earthquake which hit Haiti early this year and another which affected Chile, landslides in China, floods in Pakistan and heat waves in Russia are some examples that come to mind.


In an interview with ZBC News, Climate Change Expert in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management, Mr Washington Zhakata said managing climate risks is a major challenge of today and for the future considering that the world events reveal that climate change is real and that there is need for the speeding up of the adaptation funding process.


“Delays in negotiations at the climate change convention and failure by the industrialised countries to put money aside for climate change adaptation in developing countries like Africa which are the worst affected is worrying since the industrialised countries are responsible for the warming up of the globe,” said Mr Zhakata.


The number of reported hydro-meteorological hazards like droughts, floods, wind storms, forest fires or landslides has significantly increased in recent decades – from an average of 195 in1987-1998  to an average of 365 per year in 2000-2006.


In 2007, some 45% of recorded deaths and nearly 70% of total economic losses in the world were due to climate-induced disasters.


Extreme climate events regularly affect multiple sectors including agriculture, food security, water resources and health.


Climatic variability can trigger crop failures, shortages of water for irrigation, food insecurity and hunger.