About us

Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP) is a five-year programme whose overall goal is to secure the livelihood of 1.5 million people in the Lake Chilwa Basin and enhance resilience of their natural resource base.

The programme aims to achieve this goal through development and implementation of basin-wide climate change adaptations in support of the Malawi National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA) to enhance the capacity of communities to adopt sustainable livelihood and natural resource management practices.
The Programme will achieve this through strengthening of local and district institutions to better manage natural resources and build resilience to climate change; facilitating and helping in building of cross-basin and cross-sector natural resource management and planning for climate change throughout the Basin; improving household and enterprise adaptive capacity in basin.


Programme Focus

The overarching framework of the Programme lies on focusing attention on the human-environment relation-ship at multiple scales from Basin to village.
To effectively achieve this, the Programme will focus on key hotspots within the Basin in three districts of Zomba, Phalombe and Machinga to target interventions which address natural resource management practices that severely limit communities’ resilience and threaten to make them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The focus on hotspots reflects the recognition that there are specific locations within the Basin that have urgent vulnerability and degradation conditions. Also, due to the size of the Basin, we recognize the importance of focusing our efforts on a manageable set of problems within a contained area and hence the ecosystems approach becomes useful in that respect. The hotspots will be defined and characterised according to socio-economic and environmental criteria in a process involving stake-holder consultation and expert knowledge.


Our Approach

This project uses an ecosystems approach and incorporates participatory adaptive research, capacity development and outreach as key elements of the implementation strategy. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, “The ecosystem approach is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way”.

The Programme focus, approach and activities are uniquely tailored to pro-vide an interface for addressing cli-mate change mitigation and adaptation challenges in the Basin. Through participatory adaptive research, the Programme will establish a link between communities and academia thereby creating room for research and utilization of the project results and main-streaming environment and climate change issues in the University curriculum. As part of outreach, the Programme will establish a rural radio broadcasting station, which will provide efficient inter-action between the community and the programme implementation team thereby solving one of the pressing challenges that the government faces in transmitting urgent and critical climate change information to the community.



Funding for the Programme is provided by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Embassy to Malawi. The Norwegian Government has committed a total of NK35 million (approximately MK830 Million) towards implementation of the programme through a Financing Agreement that was signed by the Minister of Finance and the Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi on 8th December 2009 on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively. The implementation period is from 1st January 2011 to 31st December 2014.



The primary beneficiaries of the Programme are local communities dwelling in selected villages within the hot-spots. In addition, local and district institutions dealing in environment and natural resources management will benefit from capacity building programmes provided by the programme. The Programme will also support partner institutions with resources to enhance their capacity to deliver essential services to the communities so as to enhance their resilience and adaptation to climate change.