UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are important targets, which will help transform many industries. For our industry, these goals are very important tools, which will hopefully help change the way we think about development projects. This week, we will share small articles about our development projects and detail how these projects will help achieve the goals.
SDG 13 – Climate Action
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal no. 13 encourage urgent action to combat climate changes and its impacts. Affordable and scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to make a move towards becoming cleaner and more resilient economies. The pace of change is quickening, and more countries are turning to renewable measures that will help fight climate changes and the impact hereof.
Zambia’s climate challenges
A sub-target of goal 13 is to: strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Zambia is one the countries, which has taken the necessary steps towards improving this. The effects of climate change are particularly visible on the country’s roads where extreme rainfall has caused severe damage, and Zambia is now in need of a more climate resilient and sustainable infrastructure. As one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, the country's future development is depended on a well-functioning road infrastructure. Therefore, the Government has planned several initiatives to combat climate -related hazards, and ensure that vulnerable industries, such as agriculture, can continue to flourish even if climate change impacts worsen. A crucial step towards realizing this is to ensure that the existing and future infrastructure is climate-proofed.
Improving the infrastructure
Our team is working with the Zambian transport sector’s policy makers, decision-makers, transport sector engineers and civil servants to further develop the capacity of the transport sector. In order to improve the infrastructure, a systematic integration of climate change adaptation and resilience considerations are being applied throughout the design and management processes of the transport sector in Zambia.