Addressing Climate Change by Building Social and Ecological Resilience in the Lake Chilwa Basin

Published on 4 October 2010

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Start Date: 1 April 2010 | End Date: 30 March 2015


According to recent United Nations climate change profiles, Malawi is predicted to experience higher temperatures and precipitation falling in a shorter period with heavier rainfall. Malawi has already experienced a variety of dry spells, droughts, intense rainfalls, riverine floods and flash floods. Researchers working on this project are aiming to secure the livelihoods of some 1.5 million people and to enhance the resilience of the natural resource base in the Lake Chilwa Basin. In order to maintain food security, economic and social benefits of agriculture and natural resources in the face of known climate variability and anticipated climate change, researchers are developing and implementing basin-wide climate change adaptation strategies that will enhance the resilience of communities. They work to strengthen local and district institutions to better manage natural resources and build resilience to climate change.

The project facilitates and helps to build cross-basin and cross-sectoral natural resources management and planning policy for climate change throughout the basin. Researchers also work to improve household and enterprise capacity to adapt.  Through improved forest management and governance, the project will contribute to mitigation of the effects of climate change. The Malawi Government recently approved the National Adaptation Programme of Action for climate change. The efforts of the WorldFish Center and partners would be complimentary to the efforts of the national government.

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2 Responses to “Addressing Climate Change by Building Social and Ecological Resilience in the Lake Chilwa Basin”

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name is Davide Fezzardi and I am working in Hanoi, Vietnam with the International Collaborating Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sustainability (ICAFIS –

    I am currently managing a project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) which aims to generate, capture and share knowledge of innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation activities in the fisheries and aquaculture. We need to prepare short guidelines for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation options for fisheries and aquaculture into IFAD project design.

    I am very much interested to know a bit more about the on-going climate change project Enhancing the Resilience of Lake Chilwa Basin Communities to Climate Change that WorldFish Center is implementing as reported in the website. I am wondering whether it would be possible to get some background and update/progress about this project. This would be very helpful and the WorldFish Center would be properly acknowledged.

    Thank you very much and look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,
    Davide Fezzardi

    Davide Fezzardi

    Project Manager
    ICAFIS – International Collaborating Centre for
    Fisheries and Aquaculture Sustainability
    House A7 – 10 Nguyen Cong Hoan, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: +84-43-7245121
    Fax: +84-43-717739
    Mobile: +84-9-04015254
    Skype: dfezzardi

    • Joseph Nagoli says:

      Dear David.
      We are currently doing different studies on climate change and adaptation and most of these are not concluded yet except for livelihoods analysis and fish value chain analyses. Let me know if these would be useful to you now.

      Joseph Nagoli, WorldFish Center, Malawi

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