Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi to Support Climate Resilient Development
The proposed project would support climate-resilient development and adaptation by strengthening weather and climate monitoring and early-warning systems in Malawi. The project responds to Malawi's NAPA priorities on improving preparedness to cope with floods and drought, and strengthening climate monitoring. The project is closely aligned with Malawi's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), providing essential information and decision-support services to enable sustainable and resilient development in key sectors of the economy, notably agriculture, fisheries, transportation, and energy.
The LDCF grant request amounts to $4.4 million, including the Agency fee. The LDCF funding level for project management is $190,000, or less than 5 per cent of the sub-total for project components, with $813,749 in indicative co-financing. The LDCF grant would build on baseline initiatives associated with hydro-meteorological services, disaster risk management, agricultural development and food security, amounting to $17.14 million in co-financing. The overall co-financing ratio is thus 1:4.28. The baseline projects are financed and implemented by UNDP, the World Bank, the Government of Finland, and the Government of Malawi. The proposed LDCF project will address gaps and vulnerabilities in the baseline initiatives to develop more accurate, more comprehensive and more effective systems for monitoring, communicating, and applying weather and climate information for early warning as well as for medium and long-term development planning.
The project is structured around two broad components: (i) investments in weather and climate monitoring infrastructure, including hydrological and meteorological monitoring stations, radar for monitoring severe weather, upper-air monitoring stations for regional forecasts, and satellite monitoring equipment; and (ii) measures to integrate climate information into development plans and early warning systems. More than 70 per cent of the LDCF grant would be allocated towards the procurement and installation or rehabilitation of hardware under Component 1, a prerequisite for the successful implementation of Component 2, as well as for future efforts in adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The project will assess and promote legal arrangements to ensure long-term public commitment to hydro-meteorological monitoring and early-warning systems, as well as the provision of paid-for services for the private sector. This is also expected to contribute to the sustainability of the infrastructures installed and the capacities developed.