Malawi Watershed Services Improvement Project

Malawi Watershed Services Improvement Project (MWASIP) is a 11- year program that aims to support the implementation of the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy (NFLRS). The NFLRS estimates 7.7 million ha of degraded land requires restoration intervention and targets the restoration of 4.5 million ha of degraded landscapes by 2030. 

To achieve the NFLRS targets, a long-term partnership between the GoM and World Bank is crucial. The partnership is operationalized through a ‘Series of Projects’ (SoP). The SoP approach signals the commitment of both parties to a programmatic set of investments, with sustained support contingent on overall implementation performance and achievement of results.

The overarching  Program Development Objective (PDO) is to restore degraded landscapes in priority river basins and improve water security, agricultural productivity and livelihoods. 

The project is implemented in 7 districts namely Ntcheu, Neno, Blantyre, Zomba, Machinga, Balaka and Mangochi and will directly benefit approximately 350,000 people, the majority of which are smaller-holder farmers. 

Website Link: https://www.mwasip.mw

Modern Cooking For Healthy Forests in Malawi

Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests in Malawi (MCHF) is a 5-year activity that promotes sustainable forest management and alternative energy options to maintain forest cover and reduce land-based emissions in the country.

Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests' objectives include:

  1. Promoting adoption of alternative energy sources and efficient cooking technologies to reduce unsustainable wood fuel cooking demand, and most importantly urban demand for illegal and unsustainable charcoal;
  2.  Improving local delivery of forestry services, and promoting forest-friendly enterprises, including sustainable charcoal and other biomass energies;
  3. Strengthening regulation and enforcement to support sustainable wood fuel production and use;
  4. Increasing the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) implementation capacity of low emissions development in REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), and/or other land use; and
  5.  Leveraging interventions with partners, including USAID, DFID, other development partners, GoM, and the private sector.

MCFH is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The activity is implemented by Tetra Tech in partnership with five subcontractors: Winrock International (WI), the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT), World Resources Institute (WRI), and mHub.

Link:  https://www.tetratech.com/en/projects/modern-cooking-for-healthy-forests-in-malawi

Shire Valley Transformation Program (SVTP)

The Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP) is a 14-year program (2018-2031) which will be implemented in three sequential but partially overlapping phases. The program is structured around four coordinated pillars which are expected to increase the beneficiaries’ capacity to respond to ever-increasing drought and floods. 

SVTP is implemented in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Machinga, Mangochi, Neno and Zomba Districts and will irrigate 43,370 hectares of land by abstracting water from the Shire River at Kapichira Dam and conveying it by gravity to the irrigable area in Chikwawa and Nsanje Districts through canals.  This will ensure a more consistent water supply to farmlands throughout the year. 

The Shire Valley Transformative Programme works hand in hand with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change through the Department of Forestry, and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. 

The Program Development Objective (PDO) is to improve the management and utilization of natural resources in a sustainable way to increase agricultural productivity and commercialization for targeted households in the Shire Valley.

The program is supported by World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

Website link: https://svtp.gov.mw/

Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods Project

Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods Project (TLLP) is part of the Sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes (the Global DSL IP), approved by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in 2019. The goal of the DSL IP is to avoid, reduce, and reverse further degradation, desertification, and deforestation of land and ecosystems in drylands through the sustainable and integrated management of productive landscapes. Malawi is among seven countries (Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania) that are in the ‘Miombo Cluster’ of the Global DSL IP.

The Project will focus on the dry miombo and mopane ecosystems of the upper Shire Basin, and more in concrete in three target landscapes in the Districts of Mangochi, Ntcheu and Balaka, which were selected based on biodiversity, land degradation and climate change vulnerability criteria.

The Development Objective of the project is “Improve livelihoods and economic diversification of rural communities in two productive landscapes of the Upper Shire River Basin of Southern Malawi by promoting best land management practices and green value chains for key agriculture and woodland commodities”. The Project Objective is “Sustainable management of the Miombo and Mopane productive landscapes of the Districts of Balaka, Ntcheu and Mangochi, contributing to national land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets”. 

The project targets include:

  • 242,000 hectares of forest and agriculture land under integrated landscape management plans;
  • 16,299 hectares restored (7,845 ha under SLM; 8454 ha under SFM);
  • 150,000 members of rural communities benefit of LDN interventions;
  • 16,000 farmers trained under FFS/FLG;
  • 10,000 members of producer organisations and buyer companies involved in Green Value 
  • Chains (GVC); and
  • 3.2 M tCO2eq sequestered as per direct Project interventions.
  • The Department of Forestry has the overall executing and technical responsibility for the project, with FAO providing oversight as GEF Agency.

The Department of Forestry has the overall executing and technical responsibility for the project, with FAO providing oversight as GEF Agency.