Lilongwe, July 19, 2017 — The Government of Malawi collaborated with the NEPAD Agency in organising the TerrAfrica Partners’ Joint Mission in the country from 17-19 July. The objective of the TerrAfrica joint mission was to take stock of and get a full understanding of the ongoing work and status of Sustainable Land Management in Malawi. It was also to see how best to coordinate TerrAfrica partners’ efforts to provide comprehensive support for the implementation of identified Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) priorities in Malawi.
Rudo Makunike, NEPAD Agency’s TerrAfrica Project Manager, pointed out that land restoration represents a driving force for transformation and development in Malawi. She also emphasised the importance of building synergies with other related on-going initiatives such as the UNCCD’s Land Degradation Neutrality target setting processes, AFR100, CAADP and REDD+ processes, so as to avoid any overlaps.
The technical meeting held in Malawi attracted participants from various government ministries and departments such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (Department of Land Resource Conservation), Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining (Department of Forestry), Environmental Affairs Department as well key partners including, UN Environment, UNDP and FAO.
The participants all highlighted the critical need to firstly prioritise the revision of Malawi strategic investment framework taking into account the Land Degradation Neutrality target setting and other related initiatives such as AFR100, in line with TerrAfrica’s vision of building a harmonised and coordinated approach for all SLWM related initiatives. This is done by identifying country priority areas for SLWM interventions and aligning resources for implementation of identified priorities. In turn, this will also help build capacities through demonstrating best practices and practical tools, with a specific objective of generating and initiating work on sustainable land management and restoration in Malawi to address desertification, deforestation and climate change.
The NEPAD TerrAfrica team also had the opportunity to pay courtesy calls to the Permanent Secretary II and Chief Director of Environment, Dr Yanira Ntupanyama, and representative of Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Gray Nyandule Phiri. The deliberations during the courtesy visits were on the importance of the SLWM and restoration agenda in the country, with commitment received to involve all key stakeholders of SLWM and restoration issues, including NGOs and the private sector in Malawi.
Source: NEPAD Agency