Enhanced Capacity for Low Emmission Development Strategies




The Government of United States of America through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management (MECCM) on Monday, 25 March 2013 signed a three-year agreement to address issues of climate change in Malawi. Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Lilongwe, Mission Director for USAID Doug Arbuckle, said the agreement would help foster a strong partnership between the two countries in lowering Malawi's green gas emissions. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management, Hon Jeniffer Chilunga, MP said the intervention will help Malawi reverse some effects of climate change whose adverse impact was already hitting the nation. "Some of these adverse effects especially drought and floods, have increased in frequency, intensity and magnitude over the last two decades, and have adversely affected food and water security, water quality, energy supply and the people's livelihoods," 


The agreement will see Malawi receiving US$4 million grant to implement the Enhanced Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) climate change mitigation program. Under this agreement Malawi will receive technical assistance for building the capacity for Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (MoNREM) for development long term low emission development strategies. Some of the areas for technical assistance include development of a National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory system, economic and emissions modeling and analysis, improving forest carbon mapping and monitoring; and scoping of the climate change mitigation opportunities in the agriculture sector.