As part of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Adaptation Water and Energy Programme (CAWEP), Campbell Scientific played a pivotal role in bolstering climate adaptation efforts in Zimbabwe by installing eighteen automatic weather stations (AWS). These weather stations—adhering to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) requirements—were strategically placed across four districts: Binga, Chipinge, Chivi, and Insiza. The project aimed to strengthen early warning systems (EWS), increase water accessibility, and improve energy sustainability, thereby fortifying communities against the adverse impacts of climate change.
Zimbabwe's vulnerability to climate change posed significant challenges, especially in water and energy sectors. The country's heavy reliance on rain-fed agriculture made it susceptible to changing weather patterns, resulting in food insecurity, disrupted education, compromised health services, and economic instability. The dire fiscal situation and deteriorated infrastructure further hindered effective responses to climate-related crises. The nation's ambitious climate targets required substantial funding for green infrastructure projects to mitigate and adapt to these challenges.
Campbell Scientific's collaboration with the UNDP CAWEP initiative facilitated the AWS deployment across strategically selected districts. These AWS units were equipped with state-of-the-art components, including data loggers, communications systems, and data-acquisition hardware, to comprehensively monitor weather patterns, water availability, and energy dynamics. Campbell Scientific also provided extensive training to the Zimbabwe Meteorological Department, covering station components, system setup, data acquisition, and programming in CRBasic.
Campbell Scientific's collaboration with the UNDP CAWEP initiative to AWS units in Zimbabwe's vulnerable districts exemplify a successful model for leveraging advanced technology to enhance climate resilience. By addressing key challenges related to water, energy, and EWS, this initiative contributes to sustainable development, empowers communities, and supports Zimbabwe's efforts to effectively respond to the impacts of climate change.