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Malawi

TOTAL POPULATION

17 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

1,300 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

822,800 kt Sub-Saharan Afric, YEAR 2014

"A reduction of CO2 emissions of 47% by 2030, compared to the business-as-usual scenario."

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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Afrodita Bojadjieva donated € 10 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Alina Iakovleva donated € 15 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 5 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to In Your Face . Sara Snaell donated € 1,000 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Abhijit Agarwal donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Zero Waste Event donated € 78 to Promote Public Health in Mozambique through Safe Waste Management . Pub Quiz Event donated € 398 to Provide Eco-Friendly Stoves to Indigenous Guatemalans . Cocktails for the Planet Event donated € 1,594 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Transmodernity Event donated € 113 to Empower and Facilitate the Youth Climate Change Movement in Iraq . Plan A E-Waste Event donated € 172 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Robby Block donated € 500 to Help an Indian Youth Organization Keep the Ocean Clean . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Albrecht Schrader donated € 100 to Help Lesotho Develop a Solar Energy System . Konstantinos Dimitriadis donated € 5 to Help Build Eco-Friendly Homes for Rural Communities in India . Manon Steiner donated € 15 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Bart van den Heuvel donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Prateek Gogineni donated € 30 to Promote Clean Agroforestry in Rural India . Lluis Mateu donated € 50 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Renato Anselmi Ricci donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,300 to E-waste Race Germany . Kiki Beck donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,500 to E-waste Race Germany . Farah Piryeva donated € 200 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Ruggero Lambertini donated € 75 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Iren Dikova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Luke Farrelly donated € 120 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Andrey Bankovski donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Kalina Zhechkova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Anton Batchvarov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stivian Valchev donated € 35 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Tatyana Mitkova donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . NELIA VATEVA donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Kitov donated € 25 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Ivaylo Vasilev donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Winkler donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Valeriia Muliukova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Francesca bianchi donated € 100 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stephanie van groenendael donated € 40 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Judith de Warren donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . nat Bonnisseau donated € 1 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Luke Davis donated € 10 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stanislav Stoev donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 18 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Sara Riva donated € 50 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Luke Davis donated € 5 to E-waste Race Germany .

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

Malawi has a tropical to sub-tropical climate, with variation due to its mountainous topography and wide range of altitude. It has two distinct seasons: hot and wet from November to April, and (relatively) cool and dry from May to August. The southern end of the country tends to be hotter and more humid due to its lower altitude and flatter geography. 

As is the case with many poorer countries, climate change poses a great risk to Malawi’s environment and people. The major problem is that the country is highly dependent on local agriculture, typically on a subsistence basis. This means that farmers and their families will be hit very hard when the impacts of climate change and morphing weather patterns take hold. The problem is compounded by a rapidly growing population, which places increasing demand on already dwindling resources and land. Sustaining population growth and food security is a huge challenge without a changing climate, and so Malawi must take serious steps with international support to develop adaptation measures to these issues. 

Of course, these problems are not just the concern of Malawi’s human population. The country’s biodiversity also suffers. Key issues are deforestation and subsequent soil erosion, dwindling water resources, crippled soil health and endangered fish stocks. Delicate ecosystems are hit by rising temperatures and increasingly erratic and extreme weather events (as well as this being a real problem for farmers and economy). 

To address these problems, Malawi must focus on developing its management of natural resources and finding new approaches to meeting the demands of its growing population. International support is important here. For example, USAID is working closely with the Government of Malawi to develop more resilient agricultural practices with increased yields and nutritional value. The governance of fish stocks is also being addressed, in order to maintain this precious food resource and also protect Malawi’s biodiversity from extinction.  

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DATA INSIGHTS

The World Bank classifies Malawi as a low-income country. Malawi’s position in the fight against climate change is better understood by observing its historical of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Malawi’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.


Malawi Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Malawi’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

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Malawi Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Malawi’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change from 1990

Malawi Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Malawi Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Malawi’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

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Malawi Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Malawi’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Malawi Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)
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