CISONECC engages communities on climate change impacts

Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) says there is still need for more interventions in order to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts as Malawi continues to face the aftermath of the cyclones.

CISONECC national coordinator Julius Ng’oma said this in Zomba during an engagement meeting with communities from M’balu and Makawa in conjunction with other stakeholders including the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi-CADECOM on climate change impacts.

“We are trying to understand what loss and damage is to the local communities by giving them an opportunity to define what it means,” Ng’oma said.

On his part, Hanken Ndau, Resilience Officer for Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) said Malawians are suffering as a result of the cyclones due to climate change hence the project loss and damage is vital as it will help in bringing up solutions.

“Issues of addressing loss and damage are very important as the country lost a lot of resources as a result of cyclones and this was a direct result of climate change,” Ndau said.

He added that currently the country is experiencing dry spells as a result of the El-Nino weather just one of the examples of the impacts of climate change.

“We can already witness the impact of the dry spell from the communities they will be forced to spend the little that they have just to survive,” Ndau said.

Group Village Headman Mbalu commended Loss and Damage Action Research project project for helping the communities to be well informed on issues of climate change.

The Loss and Damage Action Research project phase two is being funded by the Scottish government through Trocaire and is being implemented in Nsanje and Zomba districts.

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