New Report On Managing Climate Change Risks In the Offing
The World Bank in Malawi, in its drive to support Malawi's efforts toward more diversified, competitive, shock-resilient socio-economic growth is developing a Country Climate Development report for desirable results.
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist for the bank in Malawi Francis Nkoka told Zodiak Online that the development of the report will be done in a space of one year to help in managing climate change risks in the country while advancing development projects.
“We want to do thorough investigations in terms of development efforts and how they are affected by climate changes. So the idea is to identify areas in Malawi where we need to focus for all our development efforts to meet the objectives,” he explained.
The bank has for years been supporting development projects in Malawi in various sectors including strengthening institutions of climate change and legal framework to mitigate climate change shocks.
“What we are doing more is to make sure that the country is more resilient and more prepared for future disasters and other risks,” he added.
He said there is a need for bold actions and massive investment across key economic sectors in addressing climate change needs and managing the risks in Malawi.
According to the World Bank, Malawi is ranked among the most vulnerable countries to climate change shocks on position 161 out of 181 in the ND-Global Adaptation Initiative Index.
As leaders and delegates across the world will be meeting in Scotland for the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26), climate justice advocates are pushing for a commitment on financial contributions towards climate financing to help poor countries like Malawi mitigate climate change shocks.
Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi president, Mathews Malawi feels COP26 must be different from the past conferences as far as a commitment of leaders is concerned on the 100 billion pledge to support climate change adaptation annually.
“COP26 must deliver; we are tired of the same stories. We need to make progress because our people are suffering. Agriculture production is going down and nothing is really working the way we would have loved exposing the poor to perennial food crisis especially in Africa,” said Malata.
Beyond the 100-billion-kwacha commitment, the youth in Malawi are also pressing for their meaningful participation in the planning to implementation of initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change as they are among the most affected by climate change shocks.
COP26 summit is scheduled to run from 31 October - 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland.
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