UN CC:Learn in Malawi
Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change
Malawi is experiencing high climate variability and increased incidence of extreme weather events. In order to strengthen individual skills and institutional capacities to foster green and climate resilient development, the country implemented a national UN CC:Learn Pilot Project in 2012-2013, over a period of 23 months. Malawi continues to be a partner country during the second phase (2014-2017) and third phase (2017-2020) of UN CC:Learn, implementing additional activities. Through the Project the country takes a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning with involvement of key sectors and stakeholders.
The Project aims to foster a systematic and country-driven process to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development. It is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in cooperation with the new Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management and with support by UN CC:Learn and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Malawi. Coordination is provided through the existing structures of the National Climate Change Programme (i.e. the Steering Committee and the Technical Committee for Climate Change). A first important milestone in the Project is the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Priority Actions for Strategy implementation include training for frontline forestry personnel on climate change, training for health surveillance assistants on climate change and promoting climate change education.
In addition, Malawi is sharing its long standing UN CC:Learn experience with Zambia and Zimbabwe to support the promotion of systematic and results-oriented climate change learning in the SADC region.
The UN CC:Learn Project in Malawi is implemented through the existing structures of the National Climate Change Programme, including the National Climate Change Steering Committee, the National Climate Change Technical Committee, and the Government/Development Partners Working Group.
The National Climate Change Learning Strategy
The Right Honourable Ms Halima Daud MP, the Malawi Minister for Environment and Climate Change Management, launched the Malawi’s Strategy on Climate Change Learning on 18 September 2013, in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The Strategy sets out a vision that "Malawi will become a knowledge-driven climate change resilient population by 2030, pursuing a low carbon emission development path" and will contribute to the ideals of the Climate Change Policy. The overall goal of the Strategy is to strengthen human resources and skills development for the advancement of green, low emission and climate resilient development.
The Strategy defines a series of actions and activities under the following three strategic objectives:
- Develop a critical mass of human resources with the requisite understanding, knowledge and skills to respond to the impacts of climate change
- Strengthen national institutions and systems that will spearhead climate change training initiatives
- Develop a sustainable financing mechanism for climate change learning programmes.
The overall responsibility of implementing the Strategy is with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management through the National Climate Change Programme office, in collaboration with line ministries, national training and learning institutions and other stakeholders.
UN Support to Address Climate Change
The UN in Malawi is coordinating its support for climate change activities through a Climate Change Joint Programme Team. A One UN Fund has been established to simplify funding and reporting.
Agencies active in the area of climate change in Malawi include inter alia:
- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) assists the government through the National Climate Change Programme to respond to emerging development challenges posed by climate change.
- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is active in the area of climate-smart agriculture.
- The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working on addressing the impacts of climate change on children.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) is working on the interface of climate change and health, including support for a vulnerability and adaptation assessment.
- The World Bank is supporting projects related to climate finance and low-emission development.