Zambian climate resilient project wins water award

A climate resilient project in Zambia supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Climate investment (CIF) has won the Water ChangeMaker People’s Choice Award-Africa.

The Strengthening Climate Resilience within the Kafue Sub-basin Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (SCRiKA) beat two other finalists identified by an expert jury to win first prize with roughly 7,000 votes, it had been announced at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 on 25 January.
Launched in 2014 with $38 million in funding from CIF, SCRiKA aims to strengthen rural communities’ capacity to face up to climate variability and therefore the long-term consequences of global climate change .

According to the AfDB, by the highest of 2020, about 1,200 microprojects had been unrolled under SCRiKA to advance hard and soft adaptations, helping 800,000 Zambian farmers develop greater resilience to flooding and droughts. One element is that the construction and rehabilitation of climate-resilient roads.
“We couldn’t have done this alone,” said Indie Dinala, SCRIKA’s Project Manager and a politician in Zambia’s Ministry of designing and Development. “We thank the African Development Bank and CIF for enabling us to make the resilience of rural farmers to affect global global climate change in Zambia. The Government of Zambia, with support from them, has been successful in advancing climate-resilient development.”

“We anticipate to more partnerships with CIF, MDBs (multi-national development banks) and actors within the climate adaptation space as we proportion to other regions because the need is vast and urgent!” she added.

“Adaptation initiatives like SCRiKA are required to affect climate change-induced impacts on water resources in Africa,” said Wambui Gichuri, Acting Director of the water development and Sanitation Department, African Development Bank, who also is Acting Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the Bank.

“To know that thousands of farmers now have access to solar-powered boreholes and other innovations to irrigate crops and increase incomes shows how Bank interventions can improve quality of life, particularly in rural areas. Water security is additionally key to energy security, food and nutritional security, and industrial development,” she added.

Anthony Nyong, The Bank’s Director of worldwide global climate change and Green Growth said: “The SCRiKA project demonstrates the power of partnerships and having communities within the driving seat of adaptation action! We are very excited about this award and therefore the African Development Bank will still mobilise resources to deliver more such innovative projects at scale and reworking Africa’s adaptation landscape.”

The Climate Adaptation Summit Water ChangeMaker award, organised by Netherlands government and Global Water Partnership (GWP) celebrates and promotes teams and organisations in Africa shaping water decisions that build climate resilience in Africa, in recognition of the continent being on the frontline of global climate change . The other two finalists were Zutari Water Resources Group in South Africa and Shire basin Management Programme in Malawi.