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Local authorities brief: Climate change and health for informal workers and residents in Harare and MasvingoZ
Local authorities brief: Climate change and health for informal workers and residents in Harare and Masvingo
Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC),
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU),
Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)
1 March 2021 Taking leadership on climate change
Urban planners in Zimbabwe face a demand to consider the impacts of climate change more now than ever before. The impacts are becoming more evident, exemplified by irregular rainfall patterns and more frequent and devastating storms, temperature extremes, including heatwaves, and in the loss of biodiversity and water stress. Cyclone Idai showed us the potential damage a single adverse climatic event can inflict within a short time.
Many people live in urban areas, but the socio-economic inequalities within urban areas mean that some are more vulnerable to the current and future impacts of climate change than others. Informal sector workers and residents who live and work in poor conditions, who have low and insecure incomes may be both more exposed and more affected by these climatic changes. They may also be responding in creative and relevant ways. Local authorities have a key role to anticipate and plan for these impacts and roles to ensure effective adaptation and to enhance inclusive urban development. This needs evidence.
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