Zimbabwe’s Migration Policies Due To Climate Change Effects Under Scrutiny

By Lloyd Mwale in Kadoma

Migration policies within the country due to the effects of climate change comes under the spotlight when the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Wildlife and stakeholders meet in Kadoma for two days this week in an effort to review the implementation of a project to mainstream migration into environmental policies and adaption strategies.

In a document gleaned by the media ahead of the
workshop titled Identifying Gaps and Opportunities To Mainstream Migration in Climate Change Polices,Strategies and Framework,the meeting’s objectives seek to assess the extent to which migration is mainstreamed in climate change policies,strategies and framework in the provinces of Zimbabwe, mapping of key policies,strategies and frameworks relevant to climate change and migration in Zimbabwe,to identify gaps and opportunities for mainstreaming migration in climate change policies and to analyse the degree of integration of migration considerations in these key policy papers.
and providing a roadmap for integrating migration into climate change policies in Zimbabwe.

Research is currently going on to examine the extent to which migration is mainstreamed into climate change policies and strategies with the aim of identifying gaps and the findings will be presented and discussed with all relevant stakeholders.

In Zimbabwe it is on record that internal migration which are being driven by climate change are being recorded particularly in the Eastern Highlands where Cyclone Idai caused massive destruction which led to rural-urban migration in effort to mitigate against climate changes.

Migration has become increasingly seen as an adaptation strategy to reduce harsh exposure and vulnerability to climate change and Zimbabwe has not yet crafted policies and strategies and linkages between climate change,migration and human movements.

Worldwide,climate change has been seen recently posing a significant global challenges with wide ranging negative impacts on society and ecosystems.

In other countries climate change effects have taken a toll on people and animal lives with a high surface temperatures,severe storms,increased droughts,poverty and displacements.

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