The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said there is need to ensure that communities are actively involved in the process of making plans for climate change adaptation initiatives and development.
Deputy UNDP Representative, Claire Medina, said communities should be supported economically and in their daily life to adapt to climate change.
She was speaking on Thursday after touring one of the areas that are implementing a five-year climate resilient project called Adapt Plan that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is funding in Ntcheu, Zomba and Nkhata Bay to the tune of $4.5 million.
Medina said she was impressed with implementation of the integrated solar system water supply, irrigation and fishing farming project at Chipusire in Traditional Authority Mpando, Ntcheu.
“It [the project] is something that we would like replicated in other areas of the country and it is one of the objectives of the programme. In fact, it is to prove that something works and then it can be scaled up in other districts,” Medina said.
She said UNDP is looking forward to the final results as the 2014 to 2019 project remains with two years before completion.
Chief Director in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Kumwembe, said, being a pilot project, what the government and its partners want to see are results of what it can produce before including other districts in similar projects
Malawi is grappling with the effects of climate change and there are various initiatives that are aimed at bringing resilience among communities across the country.
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