LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) National Coordinator, Julius Ng’oma is appealing to developed nations to fulfill pledges made on climate financing.
Ng’oma observes that if resources are available to Least Developing Nations including Malawi will able financing for disasters.
He was speaking in an going African Regional Conference on Loss, Damage and Climate Financing under way in the capital Lilongwe.
Ng’oma therefore commended Malawi Government for creating an enabling environment for climate action in Malawi by among others, developing the National Disaster Risk Financing Strategy, a blue print for financing disaster risk management including preparedness, relief and rehabilitation in Malawi.
He lauded government for the establishment of the National Climate Change Management Fund, which aims at promoting climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer and capacity building for sustainable livelihoods through Green Economy measures.
“We also appreciate the introduction of the carbon tax, a levy that the government introduced as part of the government’s initial steps to mitigate the effects of climate change in the country. As we appreciate such milestones, and remembering that this event is about climate finance.
“I would like to submit the following: there is need that the mentioned Disaster Risk Financing Strategy be fully implemented so that financing for disasters in Malawi is adequate and predictable. There is also need for the capitalization of the mentioned National Climate Change Management Fund. And we can start by channeling resources from the carbon levy into this fund,” he said.
The Director of Environmental Affairs in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Tawonga Mbale-Luka observed that Covid-19 pandemic and persistent challenges caused by climate change continue to frustrate “our hard work and progress made in advancing the Malawi 2063 agenda as well as the global 2030 agenda on Sustainable development.”
Mbale-Luka added that while the world is emerging from the depth of an economic crisis, recovery remains slow on the African continent due to vulnerabilities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and persistent challenges caused by climate change.
‘Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and climate variability. This situation has been aggravated by the interaction of ‘multiple stresses’, occurring at various levels, and low adaptive capacity of the continent.
“A study published by UNICEF in September 2020 showed that 11 million people are expecting crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in 9 SADC countries due to deepening drought and climate crisis,” she said.
The Director of Environmental Affairs said due to these calamities, an estimated 11 million people are experiencing food crisis from nine countries alone.
The conference is under the theme, “Consolidating African Voice on loss and damage and climate finance ahead of COP27.The meeting has attracted participants from civil societies, government officials, academia, media locally and abroad.The conference runs from from April 25-29, 2022 at Golden Peacock.