Currently only about 4 per cent of the cropland is irrigated and the areas are increasingly susceptible to both droughts and flooding. In recent years, flooding events have caused major damage and loss of life.
SMEC has been engaged by Malawi’s Ministry of Water and Sanitation, with funding from the World Bank, to prepare catchment management plans and village level action plans for 3 catchment areas. The team will work with the client and key stakeholders and develop strategies to help communities build climate resilience, improve carbon sequestration capacity, and enhance livelihoods.
The project scope consists of three related components:
- Scaling up landscape restoration to build climate resilience for smallholder farming communities
- Improving watershed services and to help develop irrigation schemes, small dams, boreholes, roads and bridges, and market centres in the basin.
- Project Management and building institutional capacity to strengthen the capacity of Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources through technical assistance.