Climate Resilience in Zambia
Landlocked Zambia's only port town, Mongu sits on the edge of the Barotse plain. The plain floods for most of the year, and all movement of goods is by boats. 5 million dollars has been allocated by the CIF to open up the old canal system on the plain and make it easier to drain as well as to travel.
The Climate Investment Fund is supporting projects within the Pilot Project for Climate Resilience in Zambia. The largest plan the in the country is the Barotse Sub Basin, in the country's far western half.
The Barotse floodplain in western Zambia is becoming a more difficult place to live and farm as climate change impacts worsen and an old canal system no longer functions. New funding aims to make exposed communities like the ones on the Barotse floodplain more resilient to the effects of climate change - in large part by allowing local people to figure out what changes they think would be most effective and giving them money to carry them out. Zambians say the approach should be more effective and more resistant to corruption.