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Scaling Up of Modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results area
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
Gender benefits Promote women’s participation in community-based early warning systems. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #15 Life on land

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Malawi MWI
Beneficiaries (approx.) 2,100,000

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Department of Disaster Management Authority (DoDMA) Malawi
Scaling Up of Modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi Approved November 2015 Est. implementation period 6.0 years Est. completion date 28 June 2023
Protecting lives and livelihoods in Malawi from climate-related disasters by providing early warning weather and climate information systems and improving the resilience of vulnerable communities.

Malawi faces more intense and frequent climate-related disasters including floods, droughts, and extreme weather events that threaten loss of life, assets, and food security. Vulnerability to climate change impacts is high, with shifts in the rainfall season, longer dry seasons, and reductions in the growing season already occurring. 85% of the population lives in rural areas, with over half in poverty and most engaged in smallholder agriculture.

The project will expand the meteorological network, instal automatic weather stations, hydrological monitoring stations, and lake-based weather buoys, as well as increase the capacity to identify risks and forecast impacts. Resulting information will be better disseminated through mobile, ICT, and radio channels targeting vulnerable farming communities, as well as fishing communities around Lake Malawi. Flood modelling for river systems will be improved, increasing warning times from 6 hours and under to 24- 48 hours. The private sector, including telecoms and micro and small enterprises will be engaged.

People need to know what to do with this enhanced weather information, and the project will work with affected communities to undertake awareness raising and risk reduction in flood disaster prone areas. The capacity of local communities, district councils, and national agencies to respond to emergencies will be strengthened through training and improved emergency services.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 6 years.
Document title
Published date
Approved funding proposal FP002 - UNDP - Malawi 28 Feb 2017
Gender assessment FP002 - UNDP - Malawi 05 Jun 2017
Gender action plan FP002 - UNDP - Malawi 06 Jun 2017
Accredited Entity
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya Tel: +1 212 906 5884 Mr. Lucas Black Tel: +1 212 906 5842
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