Accomplishments

2016
Accomplishments

Influenced pay out of National Drought insurance policy

CISONECC successfully influenced the process for Malawi government to receive pay out of the drought insurance policy that the government bought from African Risk Capacity.

 

Empowering Rural women farmers to conduct advocacy

CISONECC continued empowering women in the districts of Rumphi, Neno, Chiradzulu and Machinga to conduct district and national level advocacy under their Ready for Anything (RFA project). In the course of the year, the women farmers have been able to interact with Members of Parliament, District Council and councillors to call for changes in institutions, practices and policy that address their needs.
CISONECC also engaged with other CSOs in the Women Food Climate campaign to conduct national advocacy ahead of the 2016 women to Kilimanjaro campaign.

 

Engaging in international negotiations and forums

CISONECC participated in the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. And also took part in the development of the national position to COP 22.

 

Government Partnership

The partnership between CISONECC and Government has tremendously grown in the year 2016. This has been evidenced by increased consultation and communication between the parties. In 2016, CISONECC participated in the National Technical Committee on Climate change meeting and was included in various task forces such as, Climate Change Week organizers, Disaster Risk Management and was part of the task force organized 2016 Disaster Risk Management platform. CISONECC was also engaged in the development of Malawi position to COP 22 and demystifying Paris Agreement.

 

EBA-CBA Manual

CISONECC has developed a manual that would help programme managers and other extension workers to integrate Community Based Adaptation and Ecosystem Based Adaptation in planning and implementation of climate change adaptation initiatives.
This manual was developed to bridge an imminent knowledge gap in implementing some key principles of a typical Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) project among ACRIDEP Project implementers. The information from this manual will help CADECOM fully integrate EbA principles in its projects. Although the manual specifically targets CADECOM Diocese’s Project staff in the four dioceses of Mangochi, Dedza, Chikwawa and Zomba, the document has a wider application because climate change, food insecurity, and natural resource degradation which the manual wants to address, are generic problems in Malawi.
Download the manual here

 

Participatory Scenario Planning

CISONECC secretariat in collaboration with its members: Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Evangelical Association of Malawi, Total land Care, Churches Action in Relief and Development and Care Malawi are advancing the agenda on Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) based on the EMBU work plan. PSP initiative comes as a response to the increasing demand for climate-informed adaptation decision making tools. PSP is a Multi-stakeholder platform for accessing seasonal climate forecasts and ‘translating’ them into information that relates to local knowledge, experience, livelihoods and development and is useful for decision making and planning. It is a valuable tool for stimulating engagement and utilising the comparative advantage of multiple stakeholders in adaptation planning processes. PSP concept complements other systems in place aimed at preparedness to any hazards. CISONECC so far has engaged Government and other stakeholders under the Disaster Risk Management platform on PSP initiative in a bid to ensure a complete buy in of the initiative for incorporation in national adaptation planning process and in the meteorological policy. To date, the network is part of the national core team for coordinating PSP work in Malawi. The network and its members has so far presented PSP to National Technical Committee on Climate Change (NTCCC), National Disaster Risk Management Platform, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) and other stakeholders. The concept has since been incorporated into the draft National Meteorological Policy.

 

National Meteorological Policy

CISONECC and its members continued to engage in the processes leading to the development of the national Meteorological Policy. The meteorological policy is critical to effective implementation of the Climate change policy as it helps to define climate information management which is useful for adaptation planning in the short and long term. In this regard, CISONECC continued to mobilize inputs to feed into the draft Met Policy, and provided a platform for CISONECC members and other development partners such as ECRP to interact with Government and provide further inputs for consideration into these draft policies. Advocacy on the Met policy resulted into Government to include strategies for community participation, balance in investments, effective climate information generation, dissemination and use and coordination between government sectors thereby fulfilling good principles for adaptation through Climate information and services. Notably, the policy has also included Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) as one of the strategies to be used by government in managing climate information.

 

Influencing the National Meteorological Policy development

CISONECC successfully influenced the Meteorological Policy Development process. The network was consulted at all levels of the policy process and their inputs were rightfully considered. CISONECC members widely participated in the process at all levels. 

 

Promoting the Joint Principles for Adaptation

The Joint Principles for Adaptation are a statement by civil society organisations from across the world on what they consider to be a benchmark for good climate change adaptation planning and implementation. They are a tool for ensuring that national policies and plans meet the needs and fulfil the rights of the most vulnerable people to adapt to climate change. They take a form of seven principles and corresponding criteria for good adaptation frameworks. The principles can be adapted to guide standard practice by institutions, influence policy processes, strengthening capacity and promoting dialogue. 

 

World Environmental Days Commemorations

The network has participated in various Environment commemoration days such as the World Meteorological Day, World Environment Day, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, World Food day and Climate change week. The network directly contributed to the mentioned commemorations and conducted on other environment related days.

 

Empowering Rural Women Farmers to Conduct Advocacy

CISONECC continued empowering women in the districts of Rumphi, Neno, Chiradzulu and Machinga to conduct district and national level advocacy under their Ready for Anything (RFA project). In the course of the year, the women farmers have been able to interact with Members of Parliament, District Council and councillors to call for changes in institutions, practices and policy that address their needs. 

CISONECC Also engaged with other CSOs in the Women.Food.Climate campaign to conduct national advocacy ahead of the 2015 UN Climate negotiations.

 

Engaging in International Negotiations and Forums

CISONECC in a bid to implement evidence based advocacy, has engaged with members and other stakeholders to draw inputs for international negotiations. By far, the network participated in the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), CBA 9, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Dialogue and the SADC CSO forum. In addition, the network participated in the 2014- 2015 UN Climate negotiations.

 

Government Partnership

The partnership between CISONECC and Government has tremendously grown in the year 2015. This has been evidenced by increased consultation and communication between the parties. In 2015, CISONECC participated in the National Technical Committee on Climate change meeting and was included in various task forces such as INDC core team, Climate Change Week organisers, Disaster Risk Management and was part of the country’s delegation to the UN climate negotiations. 

 

2015
Accomplishments

Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA)

The Joint Principles for Adaptation are a statement by civil society organisations from across the world on what they consider to be a benchmark for good climate change adaptation planning and implementation. They are a tool for ensuring that national policies and plans meet the needs and fulfill the rights of the most vulnerable people to adapt to climate change. They take a form of seven principles and corresponding criteria for good adaptation frameworks. The principles can be adapted to guide standard practice by institutions, influence policy processes, strengthening capacity and promoting dialogue.
The Joint Principle for Adaptation (JPA) are a summary of the National Adaptation Plan process guidelines as developed and approved by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), of which Malawi is a signatory to. The JPA were developed and tested over 2014 and 2015 by civil society networks working on climate change from Africa, Asia and Latin America, under a project known as Southern Voices on Adaptation (SVA).
CISONECC is a Southern Voices Partner and promoting the Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) in Malawi. So far, JPA has been endorsed to National Technical Committee on Climate Change (NTCCC), Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) and other stakeholder in Malawi and across the globe.

 

National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) and National Adaptation Plan (NAP)

CISONECC and its members have been instrumental in the stocktaking and review of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) review and development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). NAPA is a short-term strategy which focuses on programmes that addresses the immediate and urgent adaptation needs. The Government of Malawi finalised the process of reviewing the NAPA and the final version of the document was launched during the climate change week in October, 2015.
CISONECC has also engaged itself in the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process. The NAP focuses on medium to long term adaptation needs of the country. The NAPs form a good basis for sustainable development of local or community adaptation projects or programmes which assist in building community resilience to climate change. NAPs have turned out to be one of the prerequisites for accessing some adaptation funding mechanisms under the UNFCCC set-up. NAPs also are regarded as a benchmark for designing, evaluating and scaling up local climate change adaptation efforts.
NAPA and NAP are critical national planning frameworks for adaptation which is one of the key priority areas in the draft National Climate Change Policy.

 

2014
Accomplishments

Disaster Risk Management 

 CISONECC influenced the development of the national Disaster Risk Management Policy by mobilising and consolidating civil society voice as well as engaging government to provide inputs into the policy. The policy provides a guiding framework for comprehensive management of disaster risk management which is a paradigm shift from the focus on disaster response which was the focus of the existing legal framework. The same process was followed when government embarked on the development of a Disaster Risk Management Bill which has been taking place even though the associated policy has yet to be approved. Accordingly, CISONECC has made use of all opportunities to call for the adoption of the policy as part of its advocacy efforts. Disaster risk management is closely linked to climate change adaptation in Malawi because most disasters that are occurring with increasing frequency are climate related. A comprehensive framework for disaster risk management, therefore, serves to build communities’ adaptive capacities to climate change.

 

Climate change policy

Through a similar process, CISONECC participated in the development of national climate change policy for Malawi by providing inputs at all stages of the policy development process including consulting communities to ensure that proposed policy elements reflect community interests. Given the reliance on rain fed agriculture, most Malawians are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In providing inputs into the climate change policy development process, therefore, significant attention was paid to ensure that the policy provides a framework for effective adaptation in terms of planning, integration into all government sectors and financing.

 

Influencing government’s preferred positions to international negotiations

CISONECC has been working closely with government by providing inputs into Government of Malawi’s preferred positions to Conferences of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In doing so, CISONECC makes use of evidence from the interactions of member organisations with local communities to ensure that final positions reflect local perspectives.

 

Influencing inclusive and responsive adaptation planning and implementation

In May, 2013 CISONECC prioritised advocacy for inclusive and responsive adaptation planning and implementation in tandem with influencing establishment of a National Implementing Entity (NIE). Including establishment of the NIE on its advocacy agenda is based on the understanding that an inclusive National Adaptation Plan can be developed but it will have no effect if it cannot be implemented. Lessons from the National Adaptation Programmes of Action have showed that planning frameworks have limited consequence if they are not complemented with financing mechanisms for planned priorities. Establishment of a National Implementing Entity is one mechanism that can help to increase the national capacity to implement prioritised actions in the NAP once it has been developed. This is because having an NIE helps a country to circumvent the need to go through multilateral agencies to access financing for adaptation from financing mechanisms established under the UNFCCC. 

 

Information sharing

CISONECC facilitates awareness and knowledge sharing on integrating climate change in development planning and implementation at all levels through its radio programme, Nyengo Yasintha aired over national radio and through its publications. 

2013
The Beginning