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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9 thoughts on “Malawi to benefit K7bn from Green Climate Fund”

  1. Machecheta says:

    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 by system should be able to timely reach those who need it, including; men, women and those that live in the remotest part of the country.
    The second advice is that the government must ensure that there is greater involvement of the private sector and research community in such projects. The private sector will be crucial in enabling the some beneficiaries, like farmers, to adapt to the effects of climate change. The insurance companies, banks, the media and non-state actors must be part of the solution.
    Meanwhile, lets continue with the existing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation strategies. As we are also already doing some adaptation projects through implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture practices, let us also think of the other funding window, the Adaptation Fund.

  2. Sake Chilling says:

    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.

    1. Machecheta says:

      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 of the country.
      The Mwanza Coal Plant is highly recommended, but it will not be adequate in bridging the energy supply gap for the country. There is need to have micro-hydro power stations, solar power stations, and wind power stations dotted all over the country.

  3. Willie Chirwa says:

    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 cherish and preserve the planted trees from dying. We must put in place comprehensive measures to protect and nature the trees we will plant. Secondly, the department of Forestry need to be overhauled to eradicate its inefficiency. Take for example Michiru Mountaion in Blantyre, the trees on the side which is managed by the Forestry department have sadly disappered and on the otherside which is under Parks and Wildlife there are abundant with natural trees. What’s wrong with the Forestry side?Where are the forest rangers? Is it them who destroy our forests or they connive with other unpatriotic malawians to do so. So let’s revamp some of these departments if they cannot change reforms should be the answer, place all our forest reserves under parks and wildlife rather that have a department which is in the forefront of destroying our nature.

  4. Nthanda says:

    Great. Good for Malawi.

  5. Che Bakali says:

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

    1. Mm che bakali, I understand the context plz

      1. 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.

  6. 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 notable degrading forest with this money.

    Education is also another thing we have to look into, educate villagers to understand the climate change as well.

    But also people in town, its so pathetic to see how polluted is our lilongwe city. We have floods in lilongwe city because we have poor drainage system due to poor wast management system, therefore if we also think of educating people in such places will also be productive.

    City assembries aslo need to be fully helped just for cleanliness of our cities. We will suerly help our country Malawi to fight easly the effect of Crimate change. And probably help to restore our environment.

    Pollution causes alot of damages to the environment, I.E, increase in acidic water, soil and other resources such as vegetation.

    I would wish my government to also look into that.

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