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    Zambia is making progress on its plans to help citizens adapt to the effects of climate change.

    The latest move is the inauguration of the country’s first ‘climate-resilient’ road, a 237 km stretch that connects districts across the nation’s southern and central regions. It has been rehabilitated under the government’s Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Kafue (SCRIKA) sub-basin project.

    At a cost of US$20.9 million, the road features water-drainage systems designed to reduce to flooding; erosion protection (including trees planted in the catchment basin); and stabilised cement, according to the AfDB.

    SCRIKA was launched in 2013 to help rural communities better respond to the effects to climate change, reduce poverty and improve food security, as well as restore roads that connect farmers to markets across nine districts, benefiting an estimated 800 000 people from rural communities.

    3 December 2019
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