District and Community level Interface Meetings with the National Technical Committee on Climate Change on the National Adaptation Plan development process

CISONECC with financial support from Scottish Government through SCIAF and Trōicare under the Climate Change Programme Malawi (CCPM) – Climate Justice Advocacy Project (CJAP) conducted District and Community Level Interface Meetings on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Development Process. The interface meeting brought together the National Technical Committee on Climate Change (NTCCC), district level actors and CCPM Programme Participants with the aim of raising awareness on the NAP process and to ensure that National Adaptation Planning process captures and addresses the needs, priorities and vulnerabilities of various groups of people affected by climate change. The meetings were conducted in Zomba, Chikwawa, Machinga and Balaka Districts from 12th – 16th March, 2021. The meetings targeted 18 Group Village Heads including: Chaweza, Tchete, Kathebwe and Magoli in Zomba;  Gaga, Khungubwe, Mchacha, Mwananjobvu, Masanduko and Lundu in Chikwawa; Mkhumbwa, Mangulu, Ngongondo, Chilala and Mangamba in Machinga; and Matola, Tembo and Phimbi in Balaka.

Specifically, the interface meetings were aimed at raising awareness of the district actors and CCPM Partners and Programme Participants on the NAP Development Process. Furthermore, the interface meetings aimed to provide a platform where stakeholders, particularly vulnerable groups and subnational actors share their inputs into the NAP Development Process.

Through the meetings, participants’ knowledge on the NAP Development Process and the progress made on the Malawi NAP Development Process was enhanced. Most importantly, the meeting helped to bridge the gap between national and local level actors including community members. The meeting helped the NTCCC to appreciate and have first-hand understanding of the situation on the ground as communities articulated their needs and recommendations for the NAP and other climate change and disaster management programs in the country. In addition, the meeting also helped  community members to understand their roles and responsibility in monitoring the various climate change management programs that are being implemented in their respective communities.

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