Natural Resources Minister Nancy Tembo in the centre

By Faith Mwafulirwa

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Minister of forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo has emphasized the need to find new innovations that can help combat issues of climate change which is making Malawi’s path to economic development a challenging one. 

The minister was speaking in Lilongwe when she officially launch applied science innovation challenge window under the national climate resilience program.

She said Malawi like most sub Saharan countries is very vulnerable to the impact of climate as evidenced by frequent cases of floods, droughts and erratic rainfall among others.

“In a drive to sustainably address and mitigate the impact of climate change, government has put in place an enabling policy framework aimed at addressing climate change and building climate resilience. This includes the National Climate Change Management Policy (2016)”, she said.

The minister added that the Tonse government is committed to operationalize the National Climate Change Fund which aims to leverage financing for implementation and coordination of climate change management activities through increased national budgetary allocation, improved access to international climate financing and private sector investment.

On his part, UNDP Resident Representative Shigeki Komatsubara said his office is committed to help young people in Malawi improve and promote new innovations that the country be able to combat climate change using solutions coming from the people of Malawi.

Tembo receiving MK30.16million grant dummy cheque

During the launch five institutions qualified from home grown climate change solutions to the environmental and climate change problems and challenges that Malawi is facing at the moment and they have received grants worth MK30.16million.

The five are Green Impact Technologies,Malawi University of Science and Technology, Ecogen Enterprise, Polytechnic and WUPLA Enterprise.

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