Climate change is indisputably one of the most pressing global issues of our time. Its far-reaching consequences are evident and felt across the world and Zimbabwe is no exception. Like many other countries in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is facing the adverse effects of climate change, from erratic rainfall patterns to prolonged droughts and extreme weather events. The Paris Agreement, signed by many countries in 2015, signifies a collective ambition to combat climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming for 1.5 degrees Celsius to avert catastrophic consequences.
Amid this global effort, BirdLife Zimbabwe champions climate action across the country and recognises that safeguarding biodiversity and natural ecosystems is crucial to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and advancing communities’ resilience to its impacts. Natural ecosystems, such as forests, woodlands and wetlands, act as natural carbon sinks, sequestering carbon dioxide and regulating the climate. A key focus of BirdLife Zimbabwe is advocating and working with stakeholders and Government for the protection of the country’s 20 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and safeguarding and restoring wetlands and woodlands/forests. By protecting these vital habitats, BirdLife Zimbabwe contributes to national and global emission reduction goals.
Furthermore, BirdLife Zimbabwe actively engages communities in ecosystem-based adaptation strategies, enhancing their capacity to cope with a changing climate. This approach involves influencing communities and leaders to value nature and embrace nature-based solutions in their response to various societal challenges such as food insecurity and limited options for survival. By doing so, BirdLife Zimbabwe not only fosters resilience but also empowers communities to adapt effectively to a changing climate.
Thus, in the face of climate change, the importance of biodiversity and natural ecosystems cannot be overstated. Intact natural ecosystems are our allies in building resilience and mitigating the impacts of a warming planet. BirdLife Zimbabwe’s dedicated efforts align with global ambitions outlined in the Paris Agreement, showcasing how local actions contribute to the broader goal of safeguarding our planet for current and future generations. By protecting nature, we protect ourselves, fostering a sustainable and resilient future.
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Tundazi transect habitat, Siabuwa communal land