In this week we also received more information about the programme we (me and the Philipinas and later this month also and Indonesian woman and Florent a French guy will join us) will be working on.
In short. This is what it is all about:
We will work on the WATERS project (Waters Futures: Towards Equitable Resource Management). The project is funded by the Scottish Government through the Climate Justice Fund (CJF). The project goal is to link local government, civil society and community to enable equitable climate proof intergrated water management in the four priority districts of Malawi: Karonga, Salima, Chikhwawa ans Nsanje.
The project will apply an Ecosystem Servive Approach (ESAp) for water resources management which will be used, and developed, through participatory scenario building for climate adaption in consultation with local communities and stakeholders
I am be based in Nsanje, Brenda (Philipines) is based in Salima, Imelda (Philipines) in Chikhwawa, the Indonesian in Karonga and Doris (Philipines) and Florent (French) are based at LEAD-SEA and CISONECC. Two cooperating NGO’s responsible for the documentation and communication of the project.
The stakeholders of the project are:
- Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (Malawian government);
- Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA, NGO);
- LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD-SEA, NGO (CISONECC is part of LEAD));
- James Hutton Institute (Scottish Institute who will provide resources and information).
The Malawian government is sponsored by the NCCP (National Climate Change Programme).
Our roles in the 4 Districts is to make a profile of what is going on with climate adaptation and mitigation in your District. In Malawi there are a lot of (small) NGO’s working, without communication amongst each other. The sharing of information is therefor our overall focus. We have to find out what grass-rooted project are running or starting and connect these together. We actually will be like a spider in a web. Next to this we are going to give and organize lessons, trainings and meetings about ecosystems, climate change and the consequences of this for environment and biodiversity.
At the end (around 2015…) all our information and reports will be used to make a Climate Change policy for Malawi. VSO has a leading role in making this policy.
Well, that is what I will be doing for the coming year… The first challenges have already arrived: 2 or 3 powercuts a day, heavy rains (which cause flooded and destroyed roads), no paper or toner for the printers, slow internet and locals who only speak the local language (Chichewa). But happily, I do have nice Malawian colleagues to work with :-).
Tionana!!! (See you)