Malawi signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 10th June 1992 and ratified it on 21st April 1994.  Malawi also ratified the Kyoto Protocol on 26th October 2001. As a Party both to the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, Malawi is obliged, under Article 4.1 (a) to “Develop, periodically update, publish and make available to the Conference of Parties (CoP), in accordance with Article 12, national inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol using comparable methodologies agreed upon by the CoP”.  In 1999, Malawi sought and received funding from GEF for enabling activities for the preparation of the Initial Nation Communication (INC).  The preparation of the INC in 2003, the National Adaptation Programme for Action (NAPA) in 2004, NAPA second education and the Second National Communication (SNC) in 2011 marked important milestones in Malawi’s contributions to the CoP of the UNFCCC.  The preparation of the INC and SNC and their various components was coordinated by the Environmental Affairs Department as the Focal Point for UNFCCC activities in Malawi.  A National Project Steering Committee was set up to oversee implementation of the various project activities.  It comprised high level Experts drawn from key ministries, research institutions, the University and NGOs.

The findings of the INC, the NAPA and SNC are a true reflection of the climate change issues that Malawi faces and needs to address.  The projected scenarios predict increased temperature, decreased rainfall, loss of arable land, increased deforestation and reduced water resources.  Consequently, to address these issues, Malawi needs to approach them from a point of knowledge, accurate information on emissions and analysis of options and strategies are required. 

Expected outcomes

  •          Institutional framework created for the preparation of the Third National Communication Updated
  •          National Circumstances of Republic of Malawi in the Third National CommunicationsCompleted
  •          National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for the Republic of Malawi
  •          Programmes containing measures to Abate (Mitigate) climate change developed


Expected outputs

  •          An operational institutional framework is in place for the preparation of the Third National Communication
  •          National circumstances of Republic of Malawi reviewed, updated, finalized and included in the Third National Communications to COP
  •          National GHGs reviewed, updated and finalized


Institutional arrangements and technical assistance

·         The preparation of the TNC will utilize UNEP’s National Execution (NEX) modality with the Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining as the executing agency. The EAD will have the overall monitoring of the project to meet the objectives of the study, achieving results (outputs) and impact; and accounting for all financial resources to UNEP.  The National Climate Change Technical Committee (NCCTC) will provide technical advice in the implementation of the project activities.  The project will be coordinated by Project Manager within EAD who will be supported by a full time Project Officer employed under the project.

·         These national experts will be drawn from key relevant sectors from Government ministries/departments, academic institutions, private sector organizations, including NGOs. The recruitment process will be based on UNEP rules and regulations, as agreed with the Malawi Government.

·         UNEP will be consulted on all aspects during the implementation of the project. It will be fully informed of all activities through technical progress reports and financial statements and will also be invited to actively participate in all technical and policy workshops related to the project, so that it can provide useful guidance, inputs and contributions to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

·         Technical support from other national, regional or international organizations and consultants will also be sought where and when necessary and appropriate. In addition, training workshops on the application of economic models and relevant energy models (including cost-benefit analysis) will be organized with the assistance of both national and, where appropriate, international consultants.





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.









23rd to 25th September, 2015


Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi


Malawi’s population is rapidly growing, poverty levels, impacts of climate change and incidences of disaster are also increasing. All these are putting pressure on the environment and natural resources, resulting in rapid deterioration and a vicious cycle of the environmental systems’ components. A study on economic evaluation on sustainable natural resource use in Malawi which was conducted in 2011, estimated the cost of unsustainable natural resource use in the country to be 5.3% of the GDP. This is a substantial loss that needs to be reversed for sustainable economic growth of our country.

Without reflecting on issues of population, climate change, poverty, incidences of disaster and inclusive participation by various stakeholders, all the strategies aimed to reverse the trend will be elusive. Achieving resilience in the light of these emerging challenges calls for concerted efforts by all. Further, without a better understanding on the management of the aforementioned -risks, the communities’ livelihoods and national economy will be critically affected.

It is in this context that the Government of Malawi through Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining in collaboration with the Department of Economic Planning and Development; Department of Disaster Management Affairs; and Department of Energy Affairs are organizing a symposium on Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management as a forum for sharing the information and knowledge.

A three day symposium will enable participants share practical examples and useful guidance for planning, designing and implementation of the Environmental and Natural Resources, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management programmes for sustainable livelihoods. The focus will be on selected themes and their inter-linkages in relation to sustainable development. The outcome of the symposium will be an array of proven and possible implementable actions to ensure environmental sustainability for Malawi’s economic growth.

2.0Date and Venue for the symposium

The symposium will be held from 23rd to 25th September, 2015 at Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe

3.0Main theme

 “Towards Green Societies for Sustainable Development”

4.0Sub themes 

a)Disasters, gender and community resilience.

Authors should cover issues related to causes, effects and proposed long term solutions to recurrent flooding and droughts in Malawi.

b)Poverty reduction and green economy. 

Authors are expected to cover issues of green economy and means of implementation, investment and trade opportunities.

c)Integrated waste management and wealth creation.

Authors   are expected to cover issues that relate to management of waste, management of thin plastics, agricultural waste and industrial chemicals can also be considered.

d)Climate proofing infrastructure.

Authors are expected to articulate issues related to buildings, roads and urban settlement among others.

e)Climate smart agriculture.

Authors should cover issues of agricultural technologies, advantages, challenges and opportunities.

f)Climate change.

Authors are expected to cover issues of mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, capacity building and financing

g)Renewable energy and energy efficiency

h)Greening public policies and programmes.


Authors are expected to articulate issues relating to biotechnology, access and benefit sharing, fisheries, agro-biodiversity, forestry and invasive species among others

j)Catchment conservation and sustainable land management 

Authors are expected to cover issues of environmental degradation and proposed long term solutions

k)Gender, HIV/AIDS and Natural Resources Management

5.0Call for Abstracts and Full papers

Researchers, Environmental practitioners and interested organisations and individuals are invited to submit both abstracts and full papers and exhibit at the symposium on any of the thematic areas presented above. Further, the Department is also calling for the reputable and interested key note addresses (both national and international) to register and submit their resumes for nominations.

6.0Format for the Abstracts, Full Papers and PowerPoint Presentations

Abstract should not be more than 250 words. All abstract and papers should be typed and printed on a standard A4 papers, 1.5 spaced, all margins should be 2.5 cm, font must be 12 point and Times New Roman. Full paper should not be more than 15 pages and 7000 words including references and appendices. Authors are STRICTLY requested to contribute new papers and also CLEARLY stick and define the thematic areas they are contributing on. 

Authors who will make the power point presentation, the presentations should not be more than 15 slides and MUST follow the following format (1slide: Title of the paper, Author Name(s), affiliated institution(s); 1 slide: Presentation outline; 3 slides: Introduction thus Background, Problem Statement and Justification, Objectives, Research questions or Hypothesis if any; 2 slides: Methodology; 5 slides: Results and Discussion; 1 slide: Conclusion; 1 slide: Recommendations and 1 slide: Acknowledgements if any.

Authors for poster presentations should follow the same flow of sections and they should not include the presentation outline. The poster should be 200 cm height and 80 cm width. 

Authors are also strictly requested to submit both abstract and full papers. Authors who will submit abstract (s) only, their abstract (s) will NOT BE REVIEWED. 

7.0Dateline for submission of Abstracts and full papers

Deadline for all submissions and registration is 21st August, 2015

8.0Contacts for the Secretariat

All the interested individuals or institutions should forward their abstracts and full papers, resumes, register the exhibits or seek clarifications to or from the address below:

The Director

Environmental Affairs Department,

Private Bag 394,

Lilongwe 3.


Att:       Michael Makonombera (Chairperson of the Organising Committee)

Mobile: (265) 999 872 282 / (265) 888 872 282

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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