LACK OF FUNDS LEAVES ZIMBABWE AT RISK OF CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTERS
Zimbabwe is facing a funding crisis for programs and projects intended to mitigate disasters caused by climate change. The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Climate is facing a budget cut of $41 million compared to last year, bringing the ministry's 2015 budget down to $52 million. Recent floods, which have killed 20 people so far this year, highlight deficiencies in funding for the nation's meteorological department, for example. Reduction in domestic funding, as well as slow access to international financing, have contributed to the crises. Suspicion over partnering with NGOs, which some in the government believe are promulgating political agendas, has also exacerbated the problem. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/06/us-zimbabwe-climatechange-disaster-idUKKBN0LA16G20150206.