Government of Malawi and UNDP sign new Project Documents on the Support to National Climate Change Programme and the Environment and Natural Resources project

Feb 13, 2013

Ms. Naomi Kitahara (L) former Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP giving a speech during the signing ceremony of the NCCP and ENR projects as Ms. Jennifer Chilunga former Minister of Environment and Climate Change looks on. Photo: UNDP Malawi.

Lilongwe, 13th February, 2013: The government of Malawi through the newly established Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management has developed two four-year projects, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). They are aimed at addressing challenges related to Climate Change and Environment & Natural Resource Management.

Natural resources degradation, compounded by the effects of climate change, is an encompassing threat, directly affecting the environment, economy, health and safety of individuals and communities across the country. This undermines Malawi in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the targets of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy for 2012 – 2016.

Climate Change, Natural Resources and Environmental Management is one of the Key Priority Areas which the government has identified in the current Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS 2), and which is expected to contribute to reduction in environment degradation and adaptation by communities. The two projects to be implemented in conjunction are building on the MGDS 2 and will address pertinent concerns such as development of the national policy framework, financing, coordination, knowledge management, capacity development and research for Climate Change and Environment & Natural Resource Management. The projects are in line with the 2012-2016 United Nations Development Framework Action Plan (UNDAF-AP) outcome, which is ‘Targeted population in selected districts benefit from effective management of environment, natural resources, climate change and disaster risk by 2016’.

In the recent opening speech by Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda for the 44th session of Parliament, establishment of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change was cited as one of the indicators for government’s commitment to addressing Climate Change. The current development of the Climate Change Policy was also mentioned as a key mile-stone, which is being supported by UNDP and which will be completed as part of this new support programme to Climate Change and Environment, Natural Resource Management.

The Environment and Natural Resources project will particularly seek to further the development agenda of the two UNDP-supported projects, namely, the “Poverty and Environment Initiative” (PEI), and the “Private Public Partnership in Sustainable Land Management in the Shire River Basin” (SLM). This approach will contribute to the mainstreaming of environment and natural resources issues in policies, and development plans and programmes; the collection and dissemination of relevant data and information; and the coordination mechanisms and implementation arrangements, at national level and in 14 disaster-prone areas. The project activities will include an upstream focus such as supporting the Public Environment Expenditure Review (PEER) which will provide a benchmark for fiscal support to the broad environment sector, as well as downstream activities including the generation of best-bet practices for sustainable land management.

The Support to National Climate Change programme on the other hand will support Government of Malawi to climate-proof the policies, strategies and plans of different sectors of the economy most directly affected by climate change, and create an enabling policy and regulatory environment within which vulnerable communities will be empowered to adapt to these challenges. It will focus on mainstreaming climate change response into policy and planning, leading to the development and operationalization of the National Climate Change Policy and the reviewal of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) of 2006.  These will inform the development of a much wider National Adaptation Plan to help Malawi to have planned response to the impacts of climate change. It will also harmonize and consolidate data and information on climate change to ensure that it is accessible to decision makers, so that decision making is based on evidence based research. Modalities of incorporating climate change in the formal education sector will also be explored in the project.

The Support to National Climate Change Programme (NCCP) will be implemented over a period of four years, from 2013 to 2016, and has a total budget of US $ 14,850,000. Out of this budget, US $ 9,590,000 has been committed from UNDP’s core funding and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The Environment and Natural Resource Management project has a total budget of US $ 9,100.000. Out of this budget, US $ 5,770,000 has been committed from UNDP, UNEP and GEF core funding sources. Both projects are implemented through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management. 

Contact Information:

Christina Shorai Nyambalo
Communications Analyst
Tel: +265-1-773-500

Jan Rijpma
Assistant Resident Representative
Tel: 265-1-773-500

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