Malawi launches UN-REDD Programme supportApr 30, 2015
On 29 April, Malawi officially launched the comprehensive UN-REDD Programme supported Country Needs Assessment and Targeted. More than 100 stakeholders from government, civil society, community-based organizations, academia and development partners attended the two-day launch event.
At the event, the Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Mining, the Honorable Bright Msaka, S.C., emphasized the importance of combating deforestation and forest degradation in the country. He further highlighted that "while the impacts on climate change have been impacting the country through historic floods a couple of months ago, the REDD+ programme is one critical mitigation mechanism which is important for Malawi’s resilience building at the time."
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Mia Seppo, underlined the integrated and holistic approach of REDD+, as a unique model to assist the country to unifying policies, integrating local people into planning and monitoring and approaching climate change from a policy angle that strategically engages with private actors and traditional authorities. "In light of the recent crisis, the natural resource management sector in Malawi needs a plan that matters, with realistic timelines, and messages that respond to emerging issues”, said Ms. Seppo
Ms. Seppo added that there is a window of opportunity now for REDD+ to fill a gap with regards to emerging issues in the country. “The current efforts on post disaster risk management show that there have been challenges in matching the needs of people on the ground with national and regional planning processes. The outreach to traditional authorities and involvement into effective land management, replanting and reforestation is key for long-term resilience building,” she said.
The UN-REDD Programme support is anchored in the Malawi five-year action plan towards a national REDD+ strategy and is complementary to other readiness activities implemented by the government of Malawi. The UN-REDD Programme support will have been finalized by the end of the year and will assist the country to develop a clear road map, objectives and vision for the formulation of a national REDD+ strategy.