Thursday, March 11, 2010
Zambezi River Basin Initiative
The Botswana Red Cross Society in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies launched a long term, cross border initiative to support chronically vulnerable people living along the Zambezi River basin in seven countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its theme "Early warning, early action" speaks of disaster preparedness. This project was initiated late last year after a realisation to strenghthen humanitarian services as the occureences of disaters seem to be on the rise. For example over the past two decades, disasters worldwide have doubled- from 200-400 per year and nine out of ten disasters are related to climate change.