Validation workshop of CISONECC NAP influencing strategy

CISONECC held a meeting aimed at validating the CISONECC NAP process Influencing Strategy and to share experiences, lessons and best practices for climate change adaptation in selected projects and interventions in Malawi.

CISONECC continues to advocate for pro poor policies and developing tools to support adaptation planning. On the other hand, as CISONECC promotes good practices for adaptation, the network conducts periodic Knowledge exchange platforms for Civil Society organizations and other stakeholders to share experiences, lessons and best practices.

The workshop was held to discuss the network’s participation in the NAP (National Adaptation Plan) process and share knowledge on implementing adaptation programmers. The meeting consisted of Civil Society Organizations, Southern Voices African Partners and government representatives.



Regional Forums and conference outcomes

African Ministerial Conference on Climate Change (AMCEN)
CISONECC together with other African CSOs under the umbrella of PACJA met during the pre-AMCEN meeting in Cairo on the 15th and 16th of April, 2016. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the AMCEN agenda and develop CSOs positions as a contribution towards the various items on the AMCEN agenda. The main issues of focus for the CSOs under the AMCEN agenda was the operationalization of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), Africa Adaptation Initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals and the COP 21 agreement, what’s in it for Africa. The AREI and African Adaptation Initiative are some of the key initiatives that were launched during the Paris conference. African Governments are therefore strategizing on how to operationalize the initiatives.




Southern Africa Civil Society Regional Consultation
CISONECC attended Regional Consultation workshop organised by African Development Bank (AFDB) in Johannesburg South Africa. The purpose of the regional workshop was to ensure that the Bank’s and CSOs can contribute to deliver the High 5s and define and identify for each of the three priority areas, contextual actions where CSOs can contribute to deliver the Banks development agenda. The regional consultations also served as a platform to raise awareness and reach consensus on the implementation modalities.
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Disaster Risk Management Policy

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.

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Climate Change Management 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.

Download Climate Change Management Policy at Learning Center; Government Documents



Climate Change Adaptation Dinner

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 is promoting the Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) in Malawi. They have by far been used to influence policy development processes such as National Meteorological policy, National Adaptation Planning Process; build institutional capacity such as Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) initiative; and contribute to international climate adaptation processes. The National Technical Committee on Climate Change (NTCCC) in Malawi recommended also the principles. The JPA has by far been shared with CSOs, selected government departments and academia. The JPA have also been promoted through a joint initiative with DCCMS’ Global Framework for Climate Services Adaptation Programme.

CISONECC in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) organized the Adaptation dinner to create a platform for the Government of Malawi, development partners, CSOs, academia and researchers to discuss on Malawi’s engagement with the Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) to Climate change

CISONECC invites climate change adaptation stakeholders to adapt the JPA for advocacy, planning, implementation and monitoring of adaptation initiatives plans and policies.

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Download JPA TOOL_version2 Final May 2015

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2015 Knowledge Exchange Workshop

CISONECC its annual Knowledge Exchange Workshop. The workshop is organized to share member’s experiences on selected climate change interventions and dissemination of studies conducted by CISONECC. The 2015 knowledge exchange workshop focused on adaptation interventions such as Integrated Water Resource Management, Community and Ecosystem Based Adaptation and Conservation Agriculture.


National Adaptation Planning (NAP) consultations

CISONECC held a meeting with the NAP consultants and government to provide CSO input into the development process. Malawi is currently developing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP process), which also comes a recommendation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) for developing countries. The convention recognizes that adaptation to climate change is a necessary routine and requirement of planning at all levels and sectors to achieve sustainable development. The NAP process therefore focused on medium-long term adaptation planning in Malawi. It aims at providing technical advice and guidance on identification of medium and long-term adaptation needs, their integration into development planning, and implementation of identified adaptation activities.

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Environmental Days

World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological day 2015 was commemorated under the theme “Climate Knowledge for climate action” on March 23rd 2015. CISONECC and CEPA organized a press discussion to increase public understanding on climate information system in Malawi, highlighted the challenges in the generation, dissemination and use of climate knowledge and provide recommendations to improve the system. The discussion involved stakeholders responsible for the generation, dissemination and use of climate information and media.
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Regional Forums and Conference Outcomes

African Ministerial Conference on Climate Change (AMCEN)

As part of its mandate to influence international processes, CISONECC attended the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on Climate change (AMCEN) held from 1-6 March in Cairo under the theme Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for sustainable Development and poverty eradication.  2015 marks 30 years since the first AMCEN was convened in Cairo as well. The AMCEN brings together ministers and experts to ensure that decisions on topical issues are influenced by adequate knowledge and information and to drive action. The conference brought together delegates from 54 African states and over 300 participants representing policy makers, experts, civil society and major groups. 

Before the convening of Ministers and experts, CSOs across Africa met under the auspices of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in order to mobilise CSOs input into various thematic areas discussed under the AMCEN gathering. This meeting is commonly referred to as the Pre AMCEN. Besides strengthening CSO platform on climate change and environmental issues, Pre AMCEN ensures that CSOs constructively contribute to such international processes with one voice. 

At the AMCEN ministers and delegates from the 54 African countries adopted the Cairo Declaration which covers a range of priorities for Africa ranging from climate change, particularly the COP 21 climate negotiations, and natural resources management to illegal trade in wildlife and the integration of the inclusive green economy across sectors. 

The outcomes are highlighted below: 

2015 climate change agreement

On climate change, as countries will be adopting a climate agreement at the 2015 Paris Climate change conference, ministers at AMCEN stressed that the new agreement should prioritise both climate change adaptation and mitigation and ensuring that there are investments to support adaptation in developing countries. The recent Africa Adaptation gap indicates that Africa will be largely affected by climate change with temperature rise that will impact agriculture production, food security, human and health and water availability. 

Combating Illegal wildlife trade

In combating illegal wildlife trade in Africa, ministers agreed to adopt a common strategy to combat illegal wildlife trade. In addition, Africa will have establish an inter-regional cooperation mechanism to combat illegal wildlife trade and improve the understanding on the role of communities in tackling illegal wildlife trade.  Currently, illegal wildlife trade, forms one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings. 

Natural Capital and Transitions to a green economy

African ministers supported integrating an inclusive green economy into development planning by creating jobs, including small and medium scale enterprises and mobilizing funds on the same. Africa holds a huge proportion of the world’s natural resources and a green economy will ensure investments in natural capital and opportunities to conserve this wealth foundation on which economies and lives depend on.  In September 2015, nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 

Key persons at the AMCEN included the Prime Minister of Egpyt, The secretary general of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ms Christiana Figueres, Director of UNEP Regional Office for Africa, AU representative and Environment ministers form African Countries.  


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

CISONECC has engaged in advocacy for inclusive and responsive adaptation planning and implementation in tandem with influencing establishment of a National Implementing Entity (NIE) since 2013. 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. 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. The government recently nominated Malawi Environment Endowment Trust (MEET) to become Malawi’s NIE which is currently being coached for the accreditation process. However, CSOs in Malawi bemoaned lack of involvement by government to contribute to the NIE process. Against this background, the network has since engaged its members and other CSOs to raise awareness on the NIE and the concept of direct access to adaptation funds in order to equip CSOs with information for constructive engagement in the subsequent steps of Malawi’s NIE process.



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.



Using Climate Information as a tool for Planning and decision making

CISONECC) in collaboration with Care Malawi, Centre for Environmental Policy (CEPA), Act Alliance, Christian aid, Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Total land Care, Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) organized Training of Trainers workshop in Participatory scenario planning (PSP). The objective of the workshop was to build capacity of stakeholders in conducting and facilitating PSP. The workshop was attended by Government Departments such as the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) and Ministry of Agriculture, NGOs and CISONECC members.

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Knowledge Exchange Workshop

CISONECC secretariat organized a two-day coordination and planning meeting for all network members in Salima at Silver Sands Hotel from 19th-20th May 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to enhance coordination within the network while increasing awareness and engagement on issues selected by the network members. Key issues tackled during the meeting included Early Warning Systems (EWS) in Malawi, Climate Scenarios, the NAP process, climate finance and the network’s plan. The meeting was attended by CISONECC members and relevant government departments such as Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) and Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Service (DCCM)

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District advocacy meetings

CISONECC is implementing the Ready for Anything Project in Rumphi, Machinga, Chiradzulu and Neno. Under this programme, women in the districts analysed government policy and national budgets to come up with evidence of policy gaps for subsequent lobbying and advocacy on selected policy issues.
Since 2014, women farmers have used evidence from these reports to conduct advocacy at district and national level. Through dialogue with the council, the women have also recognized some of their immediate farming needs.

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Using Climate Information as a tool for Planning and decision making

CISONECC in collaboration with Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy, Evangelical Association of Malawi, Total land Care, Churches Action in Relief and Development and Care Malawi conducted a stakeholder meeting on Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP). The objective of the meeting was to share and discuss a PSP concept with stakeholders dealing with Climate Change and DRR related programmes. The PSP initiative comes as a response to the increasing demand for climate-informed adaptation decision making tools and preparation for PSP training of trainer’s workshop. 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. PSP concept will complement other systems in place aimed at preparedness to any hazards. The workshop was attended by officials from Government departments such as DoDMA and DCCMS; UN agencies such as FAO, NGOs working in the CCA and DRR sector such as Red Cross, EAM, LEAD, CEPA, ACTIONAID, Christian Aid, COWFA, CARD, TLC, CARE; Media, Farmers.


National Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate change and UN Negotiations

CISONECC organised the first ever National Stakeholder’s dialogue on climate change and COP 21. The dialogue was aimed at consolidating stakeholder’s inputs into the Malawi’s preferred position to COP 21 and discussing key climate change issues affecting the country. The stakeholder’s recognised the efforts that government is making in developing a robust policy framework on climate change in the country. The key outcomes of the dialogue were a call for world leaders to deliver a fair and legally binding global climate agreement where the needs of the most vulnerable are translated and represented in the Paris agreement. This will mark a milestone in addressing climate change globally and in its totality whilst complimenting national efforts in creating a climate resilient Malawi. On the other hand, it also presented as an opportunity for Malawi to reflect on its domestic efforts in addressing the impacts of climate change of communities’ livelihoods.

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Consultations on Meteorological Policy

CISONECC through it’s mandate of coordinating CSOs voice in influencing policy processes, together with ECRP mobilized and compiled inputs from civil society through structured questionnaires for contribution to the new policy formulation process during a workshop that was held at Wamkulu Palace in Lilongwe. Present during the meeting was the Government of Malawi, represented by the consultant, LEAD; CISONECC member organisations; ECRP and DISCOVER Consortia member organisations. During the workshop, CISONECC created a platform for CSO’s to deliberate upon issues revolving around the development of the new policy and put forward suggestions to Government to improve the structure and content of the new policy.
During the meeting, the government, through the consultant provided a brief background to the policy development process.  The Government explained that the policy was the first of it’s kind and that previous efforts to develop such a policy could not materialize due to technical difficulties. The development process of the Meteorological policy was initiated by the Government in June 2014, amid discomfort by stakeholders on the need for the policy bearing in mind that there is also a parallel process leading to the development of the Climate change policy. The meteorological policy targets end users such as farmers, civil aviation department, the construction industry and the general public who depend on weather data for planning.

Dorothy Tembo, CEPA Programme Officer, lead CISONECC and ECRP members by presenting the consolidated inputs that were mobilized from various stakeholders through questionnaires. Dorothy explained that the inputs were aimed at shaping the broad policy elements such as the vision, rationale, goal, strategies and guiding principal. During the plenary, participants highlighted the need for a strategy to make weather and climate information services user friendly. It was at this point that the stakeholders demanded the inclusion of the participatory scenario planning (PSP) tool into the new policy to form an integral part of making sure that climate and weather related information services are accessible and utilized for the benefit of the local communities. PSP is a tool that integrates scientific forecasts and local community knowledge to produce simple and locally relevant climate information that is then shared to communities for planning.


Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA 9)

The Community Based Adaptation (CBA 9) conference was held from  in Kenya from… to promote and share best practices in adaptation and influence adaptation decisions to be made during COP 21

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The SADC Civil society forum, held prior to the SADC Heads of State Summit, is a platform for Civil Society to discuss and reflect on issues affecting the regional community as identified by stakeholders in the region. The theme for the 2015 CSO forum was “Together making SADC better: Achieving Justice, Peace and Equitable Development for all” and it was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 11th to 15th August. Climate justice, food and women farmers was one of the thematic areas of focus during the forum. CSOs in the SADC region held a dialogue session on the upcoming Climate agreement and held lengthy discussion on issues affecting women farmers and food security in the region. 

Also happening prior to the UN climate negotiations, stakeholders made calls for a fair and equitable deal that will ensure that the North takes a lead in cutting down emissions, and assist the South financially and technically to enable them develop using sustainable pathways. CSOs at the forum also called for the participation of all stakeholders in the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) process to ensure the successful preparation of country owned and ambitious contributions. 

In the final statement to the SADC heads of state, CSOs also called for commitments from governments in the region in climate change adaptation and asked them to translate climate change policies into programmes and actions benefitting the affected groups. The Civil Society Network on Climate on Climate Change (CISONECC) was part of the forum.





The Women.Food.Climate campaign is a global campaign on…. In Malawi, the Food and Climate Justice steering committee with a representation of various organisations such as Oxfam, Coalition of Women Farmers (COWFA), CISONECC, CISANET, NASFAM, NGO Gender coordination, Eagles Relief among others organised several activities to achieve the objectives of the campaign. Main activities include dialogue sessions with members of parliament, hiking to Mulanje Mountain, women cross country caravan, food fair, commemoration of World food day and participation at COP 21. 

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The WHF campaign was a pan African climate justice campaign that brought together faith groups, youths and CSOs across the region creating awareness on Climate Change and collecting 1 million signed petitions, aimed at putting pressure at both national/regional as well as world leaders to urgently act on Climate Change.