Blantyre implementing climate change adaptation measures
April 11, 2007
Farmers in agricultural areas around Blantyre, Malawi’s second biggest city, are changing their agricultural practices to support crops that need less water and nurture the soil. At the national level, the government has begun to increase the nation’s grain reserve, anticipating more droughts and flooding in the years to come.
A new dam is also being constructed in anticipation of water shortages.
The national government has gone on to identify $US 23 million worth of urgent measures it should take in the next three years that will adequately enable the country to prepare for and adapt to climate change.
More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change. ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment. And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level. For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.
Blantyre is one of 37 local governments in Africa that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Africa, please visit www.iclei.org/africa.
Source: “The Climate Divide: Reports from Four Fronts in the War on Warming”, New York Times, 3 April 2007.
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