Panel Discussion on Implications of Delay in Operationalization of the National Climate Change Management Fund in Malawi

CISONECC through the Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (CCPM) – Climate Justice Advocacy Project (CJAP) with financial support from Scottish Government through SCIAF and Trōcaire conducted a Panel Discussion on the Implications of the delay in the operationalization of the National Climate Change Management Fund (NCCMF) on Climate Change Management in Malawi on 1st April, 2021 in Lilongwe. The Panel Discussion was organized to call upon Government to capitalize the NCCMF through allocation of the funds from the Carbon levy while zeroing in on the implications of delay in the operationalization of the fund to Climate Change Management in Malawi.

Session Panelists included representatives from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC), Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) Traditional leaders and Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC). Chancy Muloza Banda of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) moderated the discussion which aired live on Zodiak Television from 19:30 – to 21:30 hours.

Specifically, the panel discussion aimed to raise awareness of the CSOs, Academia, Media, Youth, Government officials, CCPM Partners, and the general public, on NCCMF and Carbon Tax. Furthermore, the Panel Discussion sought to clearly define the implications of delays in operationalization of the NCCMF to climate change management in Malawi, and to call for the urgent capitalization of the NCCMF through resources from the Carbon Tax.     

Through the Panel Discussion, stakeholders further lobbied government to operationalize the Malawi Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) to among others, guide the administration of the Fund. The panel discussion also provided a platform for stakeholders to demand the allocation of the funds collected from the Carbon levy to the environmental and climate change sector to help the sectors address environmental and climate change issues. Through the panel discussion, the general public was also able to demand for transparency and accountability and prioritization of the environment and climate change sectors.

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