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Government to combat climate change ills through NAP

Written by  Gladys Kamakanda

Lilongwe, September 2, 2014, Mana: Government has launched a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process aimed at reducing vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.


Speaking during the launch at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe, Principal Secretary (PS) for Environment and Climate Change Management in the Ministry of Natural Resource, Energy and Mining, Dr Yanira Ntupanyama described NAP as a clear demonstration of Government’s desire to attain excellence in issues pertaining to Climate Change Management.


She said the plan is a clear sign of political will from the highest office and as a ministry to assess, prioritize and carry out measures for adaptation, which are meant to increase resilience and adaptive capacity of people and the ecosystems.  


 “NAP is a strategy which is intended to help Malawi cope with medium and long-term development challenges and the impacts of climate change in a comprehensive and programmatic approach,” said Ntupanyama.


She added that apart from addressing medium and long-term adaptation needs in the country the NAP will build on existing and on-going activities that are contained in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS), National Adaptation Program of Actions (NAPA), National Communications and other sectoral development plans.


“The process will also serve as a platform for coordinating adaptation efforts at national level involving all relevant sectors,” said the PS.


Ntupanyama said the ministry as a focal point for climate change issues in the country hasl also aligned the programmes and processes such as National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), which are mitigation efforts actions implemented to reduce greenhouses gases that contribute to climate change.


The Third National Communication (TNC) which will update, publish and make available to the Conference of Parties (CoP) national inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all greenhouse gases  using comparable methodologies agreed by the CoP, according to Ntupanyama.


She pointed out other focal points such as climate change response framework and various response measurers in collaboration with the key stakeholders.


The National Adaptation Plan has been launched under the theme ‘Addressing adaptation in a coherent and strategic manner’ with support from UNDP, Global Water Partnership and Malawi government.


Deputy Resident Representative for United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Carol Flore-Smeriecknik said the organization recognises the role the Malawi Government plays in the programs of climate change.


She promised UNDP’s continued support to see Malawi succeed in adopting and implementing the plan.


The NAP process will involve building adaptive capacity and resilience through facilitation of the integration of climate change adaptation.


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