Decentralized Environmental Managment Guidelines
The Decentralized Environmental Management Guidelines (DEMG) were developed in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), which recognizes decentralization as the strategy for facilitating poverty reduction. Since climatic change, natural resources and environmental management have emerged as key priorities in the MGDS, their integration into policy and planning processes for District Development Plans (DDPs) is highly critical.
The DEMG is an integral integration input in the DDP which aims at offering District Councils with easy to use tools in natural resources management as well as help Malawi achieve its goals of sustainable development and poverty alleviation while empowering local communities using the decentralized structures.
The guidelines were developed to address the gaps and inconsistencies from the previous guidelines and help ensure that Councils include emerging and critical environmental issues in the preparation of district plans and actions. The Decentralized Environmental Management Guidelines (DEMG) provides guidance various stakeholders to manage the environment and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The guidelines were revised through a participatory process involving stakeholders at district and national levels, as well as extensive desk research. This revised tool, comprising consolidated sector guidelines, is arranged in four sections as follows: Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework; Village/Neighbourhood State of Environment Reporting and Environmental Action Planning; District State of Environment and Reporting; and Scenarios Development.