CISONECC is an umbrella platform for coordinating civil society response to climate change in Malawi. The initiative to establish the network took place during the 2007 World Environment Day celebration whose theme was “Climate and Environment.” It was noted that there were many non-governmental organisation (NGOs) working on climate change but whose activities were not coordinated, thereby making little impact on government policy processes. Hence, there was a need for organisations to come together as a network in order to have a more audible voice in government.

The Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) was mandated to establish the network by setting up a Secretariat and facilitating development of a common agenda. Financial support from the Norwegian Civil Society Mechanism for Strengthening Environmental Movements in the South (EMiS) Board through the Development Fund of Norway enabled the network to become fully operational in 2009. The network is duly registered as a trust and has a board of Trustees. The network is also registered with CONGOMA and NGO Board. Currently, the network has an independent secretariat based in Lilongwe.

The network membership has grown from 6 during its establishment to 55 local and international NGOs, Faith based organizations as well as networks and associations working in climate change and Disaster Risk Management (DRM). Member organizations are clustered into the following four thematic areas to promote focused knowledge sharing and evidence generation for policy influence:

   a. Finance and resource mobilization; 

   b. Adaptation, loss and damage and agriculture; 

   c. Mitigation, REDD+ and shared vision/agreements; and 

   d. Capacity building and technology transfer.

About Us

CISONECC provides a platform for engagement between government and CSOs on climate change and related ¬fields for improved adaptation and mitigation to climate change impacts.

Current Activities

CISONECC in collaboration with CADECOM and with support from Trocaire are implementing the Accelerating Climate Resilience through inclusive Development of an Enabling Policy (ACRIDEP) project to create an effective policy framework that enables resilience building. In partnership with Action Aid and Coalition of women farmers, the network is also empowering women farmers to conduct district and national advocacy.