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Lusaka Mayor Advocates for Climate Change Resilience Amidst Climate Challenges

Lusaka Mayor Ms. Chilando Chitangala has emphasized the urgency of building a more resilient and adaptable community in response to the increasingly adverse effects of climate change. 

Addressing attendees at the opening of a two-day Climate Change and Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction planning Workshop at Protea Hotel in Lusaka, Ms. Chitangala highlighted the necessity of proactive measures to tackle the escalating impacts of climate change, such as droughts and floods, which often lead to the outbreak of diseases like cholera.

Mayor Chitangala stressed the significance of thorough preparation to enhance the city’s resilience against the mounting climate-related hazards. 

The workshop, organized as part of the DRR-4 Africa project, aims to convene a diverse array of stakeholders to devise effective solutions that prioritize the protection of the most vulnerable members of the community.

In her capacity as Chairperson of the ICLEI Regional Executive Committee and Vice Chairperson for the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa, Mayor Chitangala asserted Lusaka’s leadership role in addressing climate change on the continent. 

She underscored the city’s commitment to collaborative efforts and engagement with stakeholders across various sectors to identify vulnerabilities, inform planning and preparedness strategies, and access climate finance to mitigate future impacts.

Ms. Chitangala also emphasized the importance of promoting gender and youth participation in climate resilience initiatives, acknowledging their essential contribution to driving positive change. 

By adopting a participatory approach and fostering collaboration, Lusaka aims to create inclusive solutions and build a more resilient city for the benefit of all its residents.

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