MALAWI LAUNCHES ITS UPDATED STRATEGY ON CLIMATE CHANGE LEARNING
Posted on 2021-02-09
The Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hon. Nancy Tembo, launched the "Malawi's Strategy on Climate Change Learning" on Tuesday, 9th February 2021 in Lilongwe. The objective of the Strategy is to contribute to the National Climate Change Resilience Programme through the strengthening of human resources skills development and institutional arrangements for the advancement of green, low emission and climate resilient development.
Malawi, like many other developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is grappling with adverse impacts of climate change. This phenomenon is causing untold misery to the populace; and it is manifested in the frequent occurrence of climate related hazards such as severe floods, strong winds, drought episodes, protracted dry spells, and outbreaks of pests and diseases. These hazards have serious repercussions on human health and agriculture production in the country.
In light of the above, Government of Malawi signed and ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and further ratified the Kyoto Protocol whose objective was to reduce the onset of global warming by reducing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
The Government of Malawi is also a signatory to the 2015 Paris Agreement which intends to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Malawi has taken firm decisions and plans to address the adverse effects of climate change that the country is facing. As such, Government has developed different policy frameworks such as the National Climate Change Management Policy (2016) in order to enhance coordination and implementation of climate change activities, and also to foster development and transfer of climate related technologies, and capacity building.
Government of Malawi formulated a Strategy on Climate Change Learning in 2013 to address knowledge gaps that are key for formulating informed policies and climate change interventions. The strategy has been revised to incorporate emerging issues in climate change management at both local, national and global scales.
Effective implementation of climate change response initiatives requires high levels of awareness, knowledge and skills on climate change across all socioeconomic sectors, as stipulated in Articles 6 and 10 of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol respectively, issues that are central to this updated Strategy. Click here to download the strategy.