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MCA-M to start disbursing ENRM grants

On July 13, 2015, MCA-Malawi signed US$5,025,255 grant agreements with nine (9) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for the implementation of Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) and the Social and Gender Enhancement Project activities. 

The signing of the agreements signify commencement of implementation of ENRM projects along the Shire River catchment areas of Mangochi, Balaka, Machinga, Neno and Blantyre.   

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Speaking during the signing ceremony at Mangochi District Council, MCA-Malawi’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Susan Banda emphasized on the need for transparency and accountability in management of the funds.  Ms. Banda informed the NGOs that the Compact is result focused and both MCA-Malawi and MCC would like to see the results.  She encouraged the NGOs to ensure involvement of district officials, communities and Chiefs in project implementation.

Speaking at the cheque presentation ceremony to the NGOs in the same district, the US Ambassador to Malawi, Ms. Virginia Palmer, who was the guest of honor at the function, emphasized on the importance of the ENRM project activities in improving the efficiency in hydropower generation. 

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Taking his turn, the Mangochi District Commissioner, Mr. Jack Ngulube called community members to be in the forefront in project implementation.

“You need to participate in the project and ensure that these organizations are held accountable. Make sure that the funds they have received today are put to proper use,” said the District Commissioner.

The Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) Fund and the Social and Gender Enhancement Fund (SGEF) aim to address the dual challenges of increased sedimentation and weed infestation in the Shire River Basin in the next three years. 

The ENRM Fund will support environment and natural resources management activities and sustainable agricultural practices such as conservation agriculture with the aim of maintaining ecological integrity of landscapes and reducing soil erosion that contributes to sedimentation and aquatic weed infestation.

The SGEF will ensure that women, who are often primary users of natural resource-based economic activities that in turn impact land use practices, have equal opportunities to participate in the improved land management activities.

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The nine organizations that signed the grants include; WE-EFFECT, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD), Self Help Africa (SHA), Training Support for Partners (TSP), Concern Universal (CU), The Hunger Project, Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) and Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC).

For more details on the ENRM Project, click http://www.mca-m.gov.mw/index.php/projects/environmental-and-natural-resources-management