Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative - Zambia Country Report
Climate change is emerging as one of the biggest threats to Zambia’s economic and social development.
Because most of Zambia’s population lives in poverty,it is imperative that people receive assistance to adapt to climate change. The impacts of climatechange over the last 30 years, such as floods and droughts, were estimated to have cost Zambia $13.8 billion in GDP loses. Sectors heavily reliant on natural resources, in particular rain-fed agriculture on which most of the population relies on for their livelihoods, appear to be the most vulnerable to climate change. Existing and planned infrastructure projects are also at risk, due to more frequent and severe floods. It is therefore critical for Zambia to invest in climate adaptation to build resilient communities and economic sectors that are key to the country’s development path.