Government calls for funding for in-depth climate change research – Malawi 24

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change says lack of funding for in-depth research into climate change loss and damage in Malawi is one of the barriers contributing to failure to address the impacts of climate change. climate change.

The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change, Tawonga Mbale Luka, made the statement on Monday during the opening of the 5-day workshop for the African Regional Conference on Loss and Damage and Climate Change which is taking place takes place in Lilongwe.

Mbale said there is a need to digest and provide relevant information that can be useful to the country to enable the country to find a better durable solution instead of focusing on the same experiences with no possible solution at hand.

Tawonga Mbale Luka

Luka noted that a study released by UNICEF in September 2020 showed that 11 million people expect crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in 9 African Development Community countries. South (SADC) due to worsening drought and climate crisis. It is therefore important to work together. and take collective action and take responsibility for enhanced climate action.

She added that beyond this, there is a need to explore other avenues, including national and test funding for climate action on the continent by involving the private sector, given that the sector has been left behind on the issue of climate finance discussions.

“In short, let this conference be an opportunity for us to deliberate and agree on how best to mobilize the resources with which we can implement climate actions to reduce the vulnerability of people and ecosystems in Africa,” she explained.

For his part, Program Manager of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Charles Mwangi, said the workshop came at a good time as Africa grapples with the issue of climate change which left a lot of homeless and loss of life due to different storms. affected people.

Mwangi noted that African countries did not benefit much from the previous Conference of Parties (COP), but it is important to seize this opportunity to come up with good inputs that can be presented at the next COP27 so that the results are reflected. seen and appreciated. by the citizens of each country.

The five-day workshop was organized by the Civil Society Network on Climate Change (ISONNEC) with funding from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). Participants from different countries like Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi among others will attend the workshop.

Teresa H. Sadler