The Ministry of Environment Climate Change Management on Friday launched the National Climate Change Investment Plan which is a key instrument the country needs to ensure that effects of climate change are controlled to protect the future generations.
The Malawi Government developed the National Climate Change Investment Plan in 2013 which will enable the government to allocate resources to environment and climate change priority areas and also ensure that actions taken to address climate change are timely.
Minister of Environment Climate Change Management Halima Daudi said the climate investment plan will apart from controlling effects of climate change also allow the country develop to its full potential within a well protected, sustainable environment.
“It is my plea that this investment plan be used as one of the key instruments for mainstreaming climate change into the national development agendas well as sectoral strategies, programs and plans,” Daudi said.
Secretary of Economic Planning and Development, Yamira Ntupanyama said the investment plan is going to enable Malawians to develop small businesses of which will help mitigate cutting down of trees as one way of saving more natural resources.
“;The National Climate Change Investment Plan’s priority areas are adaptation, mitigation, capacity development, and research, technology development and transfer,” she said.
On the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the investment plan enables people to improve climate change community resilience through agriculture production and enhancing reduction of emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), waste management and pollution control programme and enhancing energy-saving technology programme.
Malawi is not spared to the hiccups of climate change in the sub-Sahara countries however, the government developed the investment plan to enable strategise the future programmes to keep battling the effects of climate change.
Malawi has experienced a number of adverse climatic hazards over the last decades, including prolonged dry spells, seasonal droughts, intense rainfall, river line floods, and flash floods.