On May 22nd The Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) in Malawi met with the National Technical Committee on Climate Change (NTCCC).
CISONECC presented the Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) to the committee members as input to Malawi’s process of developing a National Adaptation Plan, and received a both positive and critical response and suggestions from the members.
The committee comprises key Ministries and Departments in the country (including Environment, Economic Affairs and Planning, Finance, Meteorology) as well as development partners such as UNDP and FAO.
According to the brief from the meeting, the committee members acknowledged the JPA as “reflecting a best practice standard for climate change adaptation.” The contributions from the members of the committee include the following:
- Members felt that the Principles could be used both by Public and private sectors implementing programmes on climate change adaptation
- It was noted that similar principles are being advocated for and promoted by the UNDP and EU through the Adapt Plan (A climate change adaptation programme in Malawi). It was advised that CISONECC liases with the UNDP on the principles they are advocating and join efforts. In addition the principles could be considered under the Adapt Plan, a large climate change adaptation programme aimed at strengthening the capacity of insitutions in adaptation planning.
- Principle B on finance: government expressed interest in the principle applying to other funds as well. In their view, there are large programmes on climate change adaptation implemented by civil society, but no mechanisms are put in place to ensure efficiency and accountability of such finances. The JPA only considers public funds for adaptation.
- It was felt that the principles do not clealy reflect how local adaptation plans are linked to other local adaptation plans and consequently their link to the National adaptation frameworks