Malawi to launch Environment and Economic reports

Ministry of  Natural Resources, Energy and Environment  jointly with theMinistry of Finance and Development Planning will this Friday launch the Malawi State of Environment and Outlook Report and the Report on Economic Analysis on Sustainable use of Natural Resources in Lilongwe.

The joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) project provided financial and technical support.

The Malawi State of Environment and Outlook Report is produced in line with the provisions of the Environment Management Act (1996) to provide information on the state and trends of environmental changes in the country.

A ventor illegally sells bags of charcoal on the side of the road. Photo: Scott Gregory Photography (flickr)

“This provides a basis for policy and planning processes such as the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and budgetary allocation to the environment and natural resources sector,” according to a statement from IIED and a copy made available to NyasaTimes.

While the Economic Analysis on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Malawi provides an account of the contribution of the natural resources sector to the national socio-economic development and the associated costs of not managing the environment sustainably.

Malawi is more dependent on environmental assets than most other countries, with over 80 per cent of Malawians involved in farming.

The country is also vulnerable to environmental risks, such as floods and droughts and long-term climate change.

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