Information Gaps Affecting Climate Change Programs
Information gaps on available opportunities that could assist in conserving the environment are said to be negatively affecting efforts being made by local communities in climate change adaptation.
One of local officials for Global Coaching Fellowship Africa Victor Asumani observes that structures in most of the communities fail to achieve their goals as they lack support, despite the fact that numerous players have various interventions that can assist.
He said this in Nkhotakota during a training on environmental conservation for Liwawa Green Initiative, a movement which advocates for climate justice in the district.
Asumani called on community groups in this sector to work hand-in-hand with structures at the district and national level to achieve their objectives.
Global Coaching Fellowship Africa provides leadership skills to community groups working on matters that affect their livelihoods in a number of African countries, including Malawi.
“We are coaches. We identify local social movements to equip them with knowledge on how they can manage their groups. We have observed that most of them have capacity gaps to identify challenges affecting people in their areas,” said Asumani.
He further said four movements have been identified in the country and are being provided with the much-needed skills to serve people better.
Chairperson for Liwawa Green Initiative Joseph Phiri has commended the organisation for the training, admitting that there are indeed knowledge gaps on some key areas in advocating for climate justice.
He disclosed that the organisation has reached out to community members with interventions on tree planting, promising to do more.
“This training has helped us to learn how best we can manage our movement. On the ground, the situation is not as bad as it was. People are now able to own afforestation projects. We managed to successfully facilitate tree planting exercises in the last rainy season,” said Phiri.