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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.

BAN ON PRODUCTION AND USE OF THIN PLASTICS IN MALAWI

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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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.