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PRESS RELEASE:WILDLIFE POLICY REVIEW

The Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture is pleased to inform the general public that it is in the process of reviewing the National Wildlife Policy of (2000) with financial support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United National Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Development.
The Wildlife Policy was adopted by Government in the year 2000. Over years, several issues have emerged within and outside the sector which have had an influence in the overall implementation affecting wildlife conservation in Malawi.
In view of this, the Ministry will be embarking on National wide consultations from 17th November, 2014 to 30th December, 2014 to solicit stakeholder views and ideas of the general public. The exercise will involve visiting and consulting a cross section of stakeholders from different departments and Ministries, Councils, Tourism Operators, Cultural establishments, Civil Society Organisations, traditional leaders and communities just to mention a few.
The Ministry therefore, wishes to appeal to all the Stakeholders and the general public to provide their views to the officials during the time they visit their institutions or communities. The general public is also encouraged to provide input through this email address; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to the address provided below;
The Principal Secretary
Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture
P/Bag 326
Lilongwe 3.
Tel: 01759831

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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 and drafting of the road map for the development of the NAPs.


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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.

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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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BAN ON PRODUCTION AND USE OF THIN PLASTICS IN MALAWI

The general public is hereby informed that as of 30th June 2014 it is illegal to produce, import, distribute and use thin plastics (less than 60 microns) in Malawi unless exempted. The public is therefore advised that with effect from 18th August, 2014 enforcement actions will be carried out in all concerned areas. This ban follows the announcement made in 2013 by the Government of its intention to ban the production, importation, distribution, selling and use of thin plastics.

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Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining

BAN ON PRODUCTION AND USE OF THIN PLASTICS IN MALAWI

The general public is hereby informed that as of 30th June 2014 it is illegal to produce, import, distribute and use thin plastics (less than 60 microns) in Malawi unless exempted. The public is therefore advised that with effect from 18th August, 2014 enforcement actions will be carried out in all concerned areas. This ban follows the announcement made in 2013 by the Government of its intention to ban the production, importation, distribution, selling and use of thin plastics.

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