Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a project titled “Implementing urgent adaptation priorities through strengthened decentralised and national development plans (ADAPT PLAN). The project is being funded from the Least Developed Countries Fund with total funding of $4.5 million and it will run for 5 years.

Despite the fact that significant political will and commitment is shown to addressing climate change in Malawi through, for example, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II and various climate change strategies, significant barriers exist to the effective implementation of the policy and mainstreaming of adaptation into development planning. These barriers include poor policy implementation as well as technical capacity challenges and knowledge gaps.  These barriers are exacerbated by the cross-sectoral nature of climate change.

Against the backdrop of supporting Malawi’s ongoing commitment to decentralization, this project aims to establish and then demonstrate the institutional framework required to mainstream adaptation into development planning at national and local levels, beginning with 3 line ministries (Agriculture, Water and Forestry) and 3 case study districts (Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba).  Integration of climate change adaptation will be enabled by the establishment of adaptation indicators that will be used by the appropriate parties at local and national level to determine the level of finances to be allocated to planned activities, thereby incentivizing active incorporation of adaptation and climate proofing and enabling implementation of MGDSII.

Project Goal

The goal of the project is for all government spending to contribute to resilience-building and adaptation in Malawi.

Project objective

The objective of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of rural communities to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change in Malawi.

Expected outcomes

The project has three components as follows:

·         Integrated adaptation planning at district level (through District Development Plans)

·         Implementing urgent adaptation measures through the decentralised planning process and:

·     Implementing urgent adaptation measures through support to climate change policy processes and development of regulatory and fiscal frameworks at national level

Overall project coordination

Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining through the Environmental Affairs Department will be the Implementing Partner for the project, accountable for project results. Other responsible parties are Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Local Development Fund,  Zomba, Ntcheu and Nkhatabay District Councils. The project is following the reporting structures of the National Climate Change Programme (NCCP) hence it gets its technical support from the National Technical Committee on Climate Change and policy guidance from the National Steering Committee on Climate Change.

Implementation Arrangements

The project is being implemented in Zomba, Ntcheu and Nkhatabay Districts and being coordinated by the Environmental Affairs Department through a Programme Manager.