Environment and Energy

The economy of Malawi is largely depended on its natural resources, either from the land (agriculture), biodiversity (agriculture, forestry, tourism) or water (agriculture, fisheries, energy, health). More than 90% of the population practice subsistence agriculture in Malawi and around 98% of the population in rural areas is dependent on wood fuel for its energy supply. As a result, Malawi has been facing various environment and energy challenges including a high rate of deforestation, increasing floods, etc. More

Our Goals

UNDP is working with the government of Malawi and other developing partners to ensure that the country benefits from the effective management of environment, natural resources, climate change and disaster risk reduction. More

Sustainable Land Management

We are empowering communities to conserve land by reducing soil erosion through various methods including planting vetiver grass on steep grounds. more

Our Stories

Group photo: Inception workshop for ADAPT PLAN Project
Group photo: Inception workshop for the project titled “Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralised and national development plans"
Designing Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives: Malawi Decides

Senior government officials, representatives of civil society and academia, the chair of GEF steering committee and representatives from UNDP met at a joint National Dialogue on Global Environment Facility, and Inception Workshop of the Least Developed Countries Fund - Global Environmental Facility project. The project, titled “Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralised and national development plans” – or ‘ADAPT PLAN’ in short, was launched with the aim to mainstream climate change adaptation into development planning. It is a 5-year project with a budget of US$4,500,000.more 

Catherine Phiri telling her heart warming story
Village savings and loans group makes 5000% growth on their income within 10 months

Chifundo Chapeta CBO aims at reducing extreme poverty and hunger amongst community members. Since the launch of the project in 2013, 200 groups have directly benefitted from the US$25,000 grant awarded. An additional 53 groups have benefitted from the revolving fund. From these groups, 4,845 individuals are successfully running small businesses. All the groups which receive loans pay them back with a 30% interest. These interests form the revolving. With the last 10% funding just given, the CBO shows every sign that it will keep the chase, even after cessation of funding.more 

A beekeeper showing off honey harvested from his hive
Promoting natural forest conservation through beekeeping in Tukombo-Kande landscape in Northern Malawi

In view of alarmingly rapid deforestation rate in Malawi at 2.8% per year, it is refreshing to see a huge natural forest deep in Nkhata-bay, northern Malawi. Chiwana and Matete forests are made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation, providing perfect habitats for life to flourish on land, and are a microcosmic reflection of environmental conditions as well as human influence.more 

Nsanje villagers sustain dyke construction project

Realising that help cannot go on for good, communities in Traditional Authority Mbenje in Nsanje district have mobilised themselves and extended construction of a dyke along Lalanje River that was initially dug with assistance from a UNDP supported project on disaster risk reduction.more 

Norah (far right) working on waste heaps with her colleagues. Photo: UNDP Malawi
Making a living from waste

Just over a year ago, Norah Baziweli, a resident of Mtandire, an informal settlement in Malawi’s second largest city Lilongwe had a very tough daily routine.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Disaster Risk Management Programme

    The main goal of the DRM Programme is to support to government of Malawi to provide an enabling framework for the establishment of a comprehensive disaster risk management system for the country. More 

  • Sustainable Land Management Project

    The Sustainable Land Management Project aims at reducing land degradation in the Shire River Basin through improved institutional, policy and payment for ecosystem services (PES) arrangements, which will ensure improved hydro-power generation, and enhanced livelihoods of communities around the basin. More 

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