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Malawi to benefit from UK’s climate change initiative

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By Richard Chirombo:

UK’s climate change initiative

The United Kingdom (UK) has announced the biggest ever single direct commitment of £250 million (approximately K250 billion) as part of efforts to tackle climate change in sub-Saharan Africa including Malawi.

UK International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, announced, during a two-day visit to Africa last week, news about the financial package, which will also facilitate Africa’s divorce with fossil fuels.

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A statement, which the British High Commission in Malawi has released, indicates that “increasing temperatures and extreme weather across the continent are having a profound impact on the lives and livelihoods of communities. The support would help sub- Saharan African countries build resilience to climate change and develop low carbon economies”.

The funds would be used over the next five years and would see sub-Saharan Africa benefitting from UK expertise and experience as countries adopt strategies that build their resilience to climate shocks.

The UK will not work in isolation, however, as African governments, organisations and communities would play their part to ensure that Department for International Development’s largest single direct climate investment produces tangible results.

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“We are facing a global climate emergency. Polluted air, rising sea levels and increasing temperatures are felt by everyone in the world. We must all play our part to protect the environment, wildlife, vulnerable families and communities—and this includes investing in renewable energy,” Stewart is quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, WaterAid Chief Executive, Tim Wainwright, has welcomed the development.

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