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The project described in this document is the proposed Malawi Energy Sector Support project. The objective of the proposed project is to increase the reliability and quality of electricity supply in the major load centres in Malawi. The results anticipated by the project include:

  • Reduction in electricity losses per year in the project areas
  • Reduction in average interruption frequency per year in the project areas
  • Reduction in peak demand of existing MV customers

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icon RESETTLEMENT POLICY FRAMEWORK (RPF)

 

The workshop is happening from 27 February to 02 March 2017 and will be opened by the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Hon. Bright Msaka, and attended by senior representatives of ministries and departments at the forefront of climate change in Malawi.

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to which Malawi is a Party, supports countries to prepare and implement adaptation plans to address climate change. Climate change places a huge burden on many developing countries, in particular the least developed countries (LDCs), and impacts are already being felt, including prolonged droughts, changes in rainfall patterns causing crop failure, floods and shifts in river flows affecting electricity production, to mention a few. The climate has in fact been changing, and significantly so for the last two to three decades, whereby every country has witnessed at least one major catastrophic climate event.

The UNFCCC has several measures in place to assist the LDCs and other developing countries, including:

- The National Adaptation Alans (NAPs) that provide countries an opportunity to take a holistic forward looking approach to tackle climate change in the medium- and long-term;

- the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) which are benefiting the least developed countries to waive off urgent and immediate adaptation needs;

- technical guidance and support for adaptation by a dedicated expert group, the LDC Expert Group LEG), which is in charge of the workshop next week;

- a financial mechanism to support implementation of the Convention, and in particular, the LDC Fund to support the NAPAs in the LDCs, and the Green Climate Fund to support mitigation and adaptation actions, including the formulation and implementation of the NAPs.

The workshop in Lilongwe will advance the progress in NAPs, and will be attended by 26 African Nations.

“This is an extremely important workshop to assist African countries formulate their National Adaptation Plans, and to start planning how to implement the programmes and policies that will be identified, using all available sources of financing, and the technical support that is in place,” said Mr. Abias Huongo of Angola, the Chair of the LDC Expert Group, before departing for Malawi, where he will chair the workshop.

Almost every country is already experiencing negative impacts of climate change, and for this season, several cities in the region have been affected by flash floods and serious damage to critical infrastructure. Hydroelectricity generation is facing severe challenges in many parts of the world, compounded by various local stresses such as degradation of river basins.

“The formulation of these National Adaptation Plans offer an excellent opportunity to connect work on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related national development goals with efforts to address climate change. Climate change affects all development goals, either directly or indirectly, and these efforts should be well coordinated at the national level,” commented Dr. Paul Desanker of the UNFCCC, leading the UN team supporting the LEG and the international workshop.

The Director of the Environmental Affairs Department, Ms. Tawonga Mbale-Luka is leading the team in Malawi to host and support the workshop.

“Malawi is dealing with climate change every day. As a Party to the Convention, we are ready to do the needed to benefit from the UNFCCC support measures that are in place through the Green Climate Fund and other channels” said Mrs. Tawonga Mbale-Luka.

In addition to 26 countries from Africa, the workshop will include participation of several UN and international organizations, including United National Environment (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Water Partnership (GWP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GCF).

 

More information:

- Work of the LEG, please contact the Chair, Mr Abias Huogo (leghelp@unfccc.int)

- Adaptation under the UNFCCC: http://unfccc.int/6057

- GCF support on NAPs (under their readiness support): http://gcfund.org

- GEF: http://www.thegef.org

Contacts:

Mr Evans Njewa, Environmental Affairs Dept, Lilongwe

Dr. Paul V. Desanker, UNFCCC Secretariat, pdesanker@unfccc.int

 

The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared during project preparation for the Energy Sector Support Project (ESSP) which the Government of Malawi is implementing through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (MNREM). The ESSP is being funded by the World Bank through a Specific Investment Loan (SIL) amounting to US$84.7 million.

The project encompasses (i) rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of existing electric transmission and distribution systems, (ii) funding of feasibility studies and preliminary design work for new hydropower plants and backbone transmission line, (iii) demand-side management and energy efficiency measures, and (iv) technical assistance and capacity building for ESCOM and MNREM.

The project development objective is to increase the reliability and quality of electricity supply in major load centres in Malawi. The results anticipated by the project include:

  • ·         Reduction in electricity losses per year in the project areas
  • ·         Reduction in average interruption frequency per year in the project areas
  • ·         Reduction in peak demand of existing MV customers

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icon ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ESMF) (1.68 MB 2017-01-20 04:43:40) 

Government of Malawi has developed the National Climate Change Management Policy

to address the adverse impacts of climate change. An Implementation, Monitoring and

Evaluation Strategy (IMES) has been developed to ensure that the Policy is fully and

effectively implemented.

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icon National Climate Change Management Policy (27.88 MB 2016-12-07 23:43:54)

 

Climate change is a reality that nations have to deal with. The question is no longer if climate related disasters will occur, but what should be done to mitigate and adapt to the impacts.

While it is still debatable as to what should be done by developed and/or developing nations to respond to climate change, the impacts are already being felt everywhere.

Critical for Malawi, climate change impacts cut across many sectors of the economy, including agriculture, natural resources, health and education. Responses to climate change therefore have to be wide ranging and encompassing many aspects of the economy. Without a guiding framework, sectors respond to climate change whichever way they see fit. This results in piecemeal approaches to responding to climate change, which do not take advantage of the potential synergies that can be harnessed for the benefit of the nation.

The absence of a framework to coordinate all these piecemeal climate change interventions has left the country with quite a substantial amount of work being done but not being reported and therefore not accounted for at the appropriate levels.

It is against this background that the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, through Environmental Affairs Department (EAD), has developed this National Climate Change Response Framework which will act as a guide to all stakeholders that are involved in responding to climate change challenges.

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icon Climate Change Response Framework (940.48 kB 2016-12-07 21:38:32)

Biodiversity provides goods and services in the form of ecosystems, species and genetic resources

for human well-being and economic development. Malawi is endowed with unique flora, fauna

and ecosystems, which provide various benefits such as food, shelter, medicine, ecological as

well as cultural and spiritual services. The sustainability of biodiversity in Malawi is threatened

by habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation of biological resources, pollution, climate

change and infestation of invasive alien species. Despite all these threats, Malawi is committed to

improve the status and promote sustainable utilization of biodiversity in the country.

This National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan II is a framework for action that will guide

Malawi to sustainably manage its biodiversity. The Strategy outlines the status of the biological

resources in Malawi and provides strategies, targets and actions to be taken to ensure their

sustainable management.. This Strategy strives to attain improved capacity and knowledge

on biodiversity management; increased mainstreaming of biodiversity in sectoral and local

development policies and plans; reduced direct pressures on biodiversity; improved status of

biodiversity through safeguarding of ecosystems, species and genetic diversity; and enhanced

benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services. The strategy is in line with the Malawi

Growth and Development Strategy II, which prioritises biodiversity management programs

among other socio-economic and environmental issues.

This NBSAP was developed through a consultative process involving key stakeholders at

international, regional, national and local levels. I am confident that the same commitment that

prevailed during the revision process of this strategy will continue during its implementation.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is grateful to the Global Environmental

Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for the financial and

technical support rendered towards the development of this Strategy.

It is my sincere hope that this NBSAP will increase our appreciation of the rich biological resources

and that it will provide a strategic framework for improving environmental management in the

country.

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icon National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan II 

Mission Statement

 To sustainably manage the environment, climate, climate change, forests and other natural resources for socio-economic development of Malawi.

Our Mandate

Conserve, protect and manage the environment, climate, forests and other natural resources for sustainable socio-economic development of Malawi.

Our Vision

 A nation that sustainably develops, utilizes, and manages the environment, climate change, forests and their natural resources for the present and future generations.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ESMF)

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ESMF)

The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) has been prepared during project preparation for the Energy Sector Support Project (ESSP) which the Government of Malawi is implementing through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (MNREM). The ESSP is being funded by the World Bank through a Specific Investment Loan (SIL) amounting to US$84.7 million.

The project encompasses (i) rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of existing electric transmission and distribution systems, (ii) funding of feasibility studies and preliminary design work for new hydropower plants and backbone transmission line, (iii) demand-side management and energy efficiency measures, and (iv) technical assistance and capacity building for ESCOM and MNREM.

The project development objective is to increase the reliability and quality of electricity supply in major load centres in Malawi. The results anticipated by the project include:

  • ·         Reduction in electricity losses per year in the project areas
  • ·         Reduction in average interruption frequency per year in the project areas
  • ·         Reduction in peak demand of existing MV customers

To download click the link below:

icon ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK (ESMF) (1.68 MB 2017-01-20 04:43:40) 

THIRD NATIONAL COMMUNICATION

MALAWI KICK START PREPARATION OF THIRD NATIONAL COMMUNICATION

 

The Malawi Government has received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to prepare its Third National Communication (TNC) to the Conference of Parties (CoP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is an obligation for Parties to the Convention to submit periodic reports on their activities aimed at addressing climate change issues, and Malawi produced and submitted its Initial (first) and Second National Communications in 2003 and 2011 respectively and has kick started the preparation of the Third National Communication.

 

The activities outlined in the TNC are effectively an improvement, follow up and continuation of activities under the Initial and Second National Communications. The major components of the TNC project are to create: (i) an inventory greenhouse gases for 2010 and create a time series from 2000 to 2005 (ii) an assessment of potential impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable sectors and their appropriate adaptation measures to address these vulnerabilities (iii) an update of potential measures to mitigate the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in Malawi (vi) prepare the TNC for Malawi and (v) submission of the TNC to the CoP of the UNFCCC. The TNC is expected to enhance the visibility, general public awareness and knowledge and reduce the impact of climate change issues in Malawi through increased involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the process of developing the TNC. 

NATIONAL ADAPTATION PLAN (NAP) PROCESS

NATIONAL ADAPTATION PLAN (NAP) PROCESS

The Government of Malawi developed the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) that was officially launched in February 2008, with the aim of addressing immediate and urgent adaptation needs that were aimed at assisting vulnerable communities and ecosystems to have enhanced resilience to the adverse effects of climate change. At the Sixteenth Session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was in Cancun, Mexico in 2010, the COP decided to establish a process to enable least developed countries like Malawi to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs), building upon their experience in preparing and implementing NAPAs, as a means of identifying medium and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programs to address those needs.

In its bid to translate these Cancun decisions, and other relevant COP decisions, and also to address provisions in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining conducted a training workshop on NAPs with the view of raising awareness of the NAP process as well as drafting of the road map for the development of the NAPs. Government engaged a consultant to formulate a draft roadmap for the NAP process which has been presented to relevant stakeholders. A stocktaking exercise was done to examine whether the country has adequate technical and institutional capacity and climate change knowledge and a draft report has been prepared. Stock taking is one of the initial steps in the NAP process and is the second step of the 17 steps that were outlined in the NAP process guidelines.


Documentation

·         Training Workshop Report

 

·         List of Participants

PHASE OUT THE USE OF MERCURY

PHASE OUT THE USE OF MERCURY

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty that was designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Mercury is a heavy metal that is toxic to human health and the environment. The Convection was opened for signing in October 2013 and Malawi signed on 10th October, 2013.

 

 

MALAWI IMPLEMENTS HYDROCHLOROFLOCARBON

MALAWI IMPLEMENTS HYDROCHLOROFLOCARBON

Malawi is a party to the Montreal Protocol on protection of the Ozone layer. Malawi ratified the protocol in 1992 and acceded to all its amendments. Recently parties to the protocol agreed to phase out the use of Hydrochloroflourocarbons (HCFCs) which are used as refrigerants in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector by 2030. The HCFCs have the potential to deplete the Ozone layer and have higher global warming potential. The protocol encourages parties to promote the adoption of new technologies that have climate benefits.

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