Scottish Communities CAN is delighted to be a partner in the MAJI project which is now getting underway in Malawi. This has the aim of helping communities become more resilient and better able to cope with the effects of Climate Change. Coordinated by VSO-Malawi and CISONECC (Civil Society Network on Climate Change -www.cisonecc.org), the MAJI project recently received confirmation of funding from the Scottish Government Climate Justice Fund.
In common with many countries in Africa, Malawi is experiencing a severe impact from Climate Change, with increasingly unpredictable rainy seasons, high temperatures, droughts and floods. Combined with deforestation and soil erosion, this is threatening the livelihoods of many small farmers.
MAJI is a Bantu word for water and the project will be focused on developing inclusive and participatory ‘integrated water resource management’ plans in three districts particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The project will involve District Councils, Village Development Committees and a range of other local partners.
Through our involvement with this project, members of Scottish Communities CAN will have the opportunity:
- to gain a broader perspective on climate change and the impact it is already having in places such as Malawi,
- to form links with and learn from Malawian communities and organisations that are taking action to become more resilient and better able to cope with the challenges they face,
- to find out what challenges we may have in common in terms of community engagement and working for change and
- to see what scope there is for mutual learning and support.
In due course there will be the opportunity for some of our members to visit and learn from Malawian community groups at first hand.
We are in the process of setting up a group to coordinate our involvement with this project. Anyone interested should get in touch with Philip Revell at: philipATsustainingdunbar.org