Elephants in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Environmental situation The threat posed by climate change

The high rate of population growth means that Malawi faces great problems in terms of food supplies and the provision of social services for its people. Not only that, but the impact it is having on the environment is also cause for concern. For instance, because the growing population is using ever greater amounts of firewood, Malawi has become widely deforested.

In the summer of 2017, the government adopted a new strategy to restore destroyed soils and deforested areas back to their natural state, and to regulate the production and use of charcoal. The ambitious goal under the strategy is to return 4.5 million hectares of land to a fertile state.

In recent years, droughts and floods have worsened in terms of frequency and scale. It must be expected that devastating weather events of this kind will become even more frequent as a result of climate change.