Malawi to benefit K7bn from Green Climate Fund

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka has disclosed that Malawi is among the countries to benefit from the Green Climate Change early warning systems on climate change.

Minister of Energy and Mining Bright Msaka is accompanied by the Principal Secretary  during the press conference on climate change in Lilongwe on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti

Minister of Energy and Mining Bright Msaka is accompanied by the Principal Secretary during the press conference on climate change in Lilongwe on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti

Minister of Energy and mining Bright Msaka speaks during the press conference on climate change in Lilongwe on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti

Minister of Energy and mining Bright Msaka speaks during the press conference on climate change in Lilongwe on Thursday (C) Stanley Makuti

The minister said this in Lilongwe on Thursday, during a media briefing on the outcomes of the 21st session of the conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change which took place in Paris, France recently.

According to Msaka a tune of US$12.3 million (about K7.4 billion) has been set aside to help Malawi enhance early warning systems.

Said Msaka; “As some of you may be aware, recently the Green Climate Fund Board approved a six-year project for Malawi worth US$12.3 million to enhance early warning systems as part of disaster risk reduction.”

The Energy Minister further highlighted on the commitments that the Malawi Government made to the conference as a way of reducing the effects of climate change.

“I delivered a national statement on behalf of government, in which I highlighted that key economic sectors in Malawi are not spared from the adverse effects of climate change, such as prolonged dry spell, droughts and floods.

“To this effects Malawi committed itself to plant more trees to create a carbon suite to preserve the environment from the effects of climate change as well as reducing emissions of green gases to the environment over time,” he said.

Malawi emits 0.06 per cent of the total emissions which according to the minister is minimal.

The minister further said the Paris agreement also called for enhancing the implementation of the Climate Change Convention that was adopted in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in June 1992.

“The agreement will contribute to holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” he said.

According to Msaka, the conference was attended by government officials, civil society, academia and the private sector.–Mana

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Machecheta
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Great! This is indeed a great opportunity from the CoP 21. My advice to the Malawi Government is that it must ensure that the Green Climate Fund is applied only to the key projects which will produce significantly contribute to the development of a Robust Early Warning System. Over the past few decades, Malawi has experienced a number of extreme events due to Climate Change, and we have always been caught off guard just because we don’t have a fully reliable Early Warning System. Malawi needs an Early Warning System that has effective and efficient communication strategies. The information generated… Read more »
Sake Chilling
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Israel Kamanga: one of the the actions you have not included on the list is to request Government to stop the nonsense of oil and gas exploitation on Lake Malawi. What the Minister has not disclosed is the “cry” from the environmentalist at COP21, saying “keep it in the ground”. Read an article on MSN News, “Dutch Appeal Court rules for Nigerian farmers in case against She’ll”. That environmental degradation has been taking place for past 50 years.
Let us support Godffrey Mfiti’s efforts.

Machecheta
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The issue of oil exploration on Lake Malawi is indeed crucial. There is need to change the strategy and do the off-shore exploration. It will be less hazardous to the aquatic biodiversity and the environment in general. Malawi needs energy for it to develop. This is probably the time our epistemic community must seriously engage in policy processes that would enable Malawi to have reliable energy supply.Our economy will not grow if we dont invest in additional energy supply options.Let us not rely only on ESCOM.Let our epistemic community explore prioritize the energy sector, which is key to the development… Read more »
Willie Chirwa
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We all now know the effects of climate change and causes of the same. In Malawi we have been having annual tree planting sessions for quite a long time and personally I am yet to see the benefit. Take for example schools in Lilongwe City, if the planted trees since the start of the tree planting seasons of yester years were natured and preserved definately Malawi could have mature trees everywhere and we would not have pieces of land to plant more. The thing is yes we will plant the trees but what mechanisms have we put in place to… Read more »
Nthanda
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Great. Good for Malawi.

Che Bakali
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Do people understand this. Please this is climate change warning system. Its likely to be tecnological systems. Nothing to do with Chikangawa.

Alick Israel Kamanga
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Mm che bakali, I understand the context plz

Alick Israel Kamanga
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Early warnings its just an activity to avoid the effect…why cant we contrate on reducing the problem?

I ges that will help us much than early warnings.

Alick Israel Kamanga
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This is what we call good development, in my life I believe cohabitaion with the environment its the best door to development. The only problem is that we face alot of goghst projects. Alot of organisation will now write their proposals to win the money for the them to eat it well. My special advice is that lets invest the money in the environment, give people the infomation they need at the right time and with honesty. As a Malawian I am happy that now we can think of the enveronment. Lets revive Chikangawa, zomba vegetation, dzalanyama forest and other… Read more »
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