climate-change.jpgThe Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management has held a National Climate Change Conference in Harare, with the aim of trying to come up with a revised position for the country as the world climate experts prepare to meet later this year in Cancun Mexico.

 

The conference, which happens to be the first of its kind to be held just before the world climate change conference which is due to take place in Mexico from 29 November to 10 December this year, brought together academics, climatologists, scientists and provincial administrators from throughout the country.

 

Speaking at the conference, climate change expert, Mr. Washington Zhakata, said the holding of the conference was to enable experts to deliberate on how the country can address climate change challenges thereby coming up with a revised position that truly depicts current climate trends in the country.

 

All presentations at the national climate conference pointed out to the fact that recent trends have shown that the country is experiencing more hot and fewer cold days than before, while the annual mean surface temperature has risen by zero comma four

degrees between 1900 and 2000hrs.

 

Masvingo Provincial Administrator, Mr. Felix Chokowo and his Matabeleland North counterpart, Ms Latiso Dhlamini, revealed that the rivers which used to flow in their areas and some wetlands have since dried up.

 

The National Climate Change Conference noted that the biggest challenge the country will be facing will be to continuously improve the climate change knowledge base, develop institutional capacity and an appropriate institutional coordination framework to guide climate change programming in the country.