The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) has rolled out a national climate change adaptation and mitigation project to build resilience of communities as impacts of droughts and floods due to climate change are high.
The Reverend Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe said the three-year project will focus on sensitisation and advocacy for the government to commit more resources to fight climate change effects.
The project was launched on Friday at Nkando in Mulanje. Bvumbwe disclosed that ELCM will spend at least K180 million (about $462 000) yearly.
“No person or institution is spared from the effects of climate change. As a nation we have suffered from these impacts. We are all suffering from the effects. We can do something to adapt to the effects that is why the church has come in,” said Bvumbwe.
Dean Spencer Ngongonda said the church will build capacity of its leaders and traditional leaders to facilitate knowledge on the impacts of climate change.
One of the villagers, Eneles Mpawa, from Wetheya Village, T/A Juma observed that there is need to integrate climate change adaptation strategies and interventions that improve agricultural production because of the frequency of droughts and floods.