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cisonecc-logoCISONECC is a network established in 2008, comprising 38 network members. The objective of the Network is to coordinate civil society responses to climate change and related disasters, and provide a platform for engagement with the government and other stakeholders on climate change and related fields for improved adaptation and mitigation to climate change impacts.

CISONECC became a Southern Voices Partner in 2009 after participating in discussions related to the SVA inception at COP 15. It has received financial support for SVA related programmes since 2011.

CISONECC’s work on climate change
The Network is involved in policy research and advocacy, and during the past three years it has successfully influenced the development of many different policies, such as the National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Policy, the National Climate change policy and National Meteorological Policy, and the initial processes of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

As part of its mandate to coordinate civil society networks and collaborate with relevant stakeholders, CISONECC facilitates dialogues during international processes such as the UN climate negotiations. Further, the Network is represented on various national level committees, and it participates in national climate change related campaigns.

Advocacy and Joint Principles for Adaptation

In 2016, CISONECC developed a new strategy for policy influencing and capacity development, with support from the second phase of the Southern Voices on Adaptation program. Overall, CISONECC’s advocacy strategy targets climate change and disaster risk management policies. Some of the objectives are to make sure that policies are approved, and that national adaptation priorities are established based on community-driven processes.

The Joint Principles for Adaptation framework has been useful in guiding the network’s advocacy:
 Principle A  The formulation,implementation and monitoring is participatory and inclusive
With unconsolidated information to identify vulnerabilities, needs and priorities of local communities, a study was conducted to consolidate vulnerability assessments undertaken nationwide, with the intention to guide the NAP process and related adaptation programmes.
 Principle D
 Local adaptation plans are developed through approaches that build
 the resilience of communities and ecosystems
CISONECC actively participated in the development of the meteorological process, when the adaptation status report highlighted gaps in the generation, dissemination and use of climate information.
Further, several strides have been made in promoting Participatory Scenario Planning as a tool for inclusive planning and climate information management. Through the Network, PSP is now recognised in the Draft National Meteorological policy.
Key achievements from advocacy work
Through their advocacy work, CISONECC has managed to influence the National Meteorological policy, promote Participatory Scenario Planning, and to consolidating Participatory Vulnerability assessment reports to guide national adaptation planning.

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CISONECC Secretariat
Plot No. 4036/38,
Diamond Building (Room 12 and 13), Area 3,
P.O. Box 1036,
Lilongwe, Malawi.
Phone:(+265) 212 259 675
Mobile: +265 0881 038 910
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Julius Ng’oma
CISONECC Coordinator
Phone: (+265) 888 795 957/ 998 479 818


"Review of the National Climate Change Policy Issues Paper" (2012) CISONECC, Blantyre.

"Review of Malawi's Status on Implementation of Sustainable Development And Recommendations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20" (2012) CISONECC, Blantyre.

"Institutional Scoping for Stakeholders Working in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in Malawi" (2009) CISONECC, Blantyre.

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