Using climate information to achieve long-term development objectives in Malawi

Climate change is altering the context in which decisions are made. In order to remain robust and sustainable within the context of a changing climate, policy and planning decisions need to take into account the projected changes in temperature, rainfall and extremes. In order for climate scientists to generate useful future projections, they need to understand what weather and climate information decision-makers need.

A pilot study on the use of climate information in decision-making in Malawi finds that ministries and departments are not yet using medium- to long-term (5–40 years) climate projections, despite the availability of regionally- downscaled information and the latest projections reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

This policy brief highlights key findings from the FCFA Malawi pilot case study regarding how current and future climate science can enable development and humanitarian policy, planning and implementation that is climate-smart and robust to projected climatic changes in the medium- to long-term.