The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has visited Malawi as part of their possible future engagement in the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme. Donna Brodie and Murray Simpson has spent a week attending meetings and events related to the activities developed by the CJF.
During this week, accompanied by members of Strathclyde University, they had meetings with officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) (Figure 1), visited the Central Water Lab, attended the Lilongwe District Executive Committee and participated in the Malawian celebration of the World Water Day.
The main goal of their visit was to analyse the feasibility of their proposal to support the establishment and implementation of the National Water Resources Authority (NWRA), new regulatory body created by the Water Resources Act 2013 and currently in the process of become fully operational. The experience and know-how of SEPA as an environmental regulator in Scotland is considered by the Government of Malawi a very valuable asset to support the current strategic change in the water sector.
At the end of the visit, it was agreed to adapt SEPA’s proposal to the local context and specific needs of the MoAIWD identified during the week. Further collaboration and engagement between SEPA and the University of Strathclyde is expected during the following months. This collaboration is aligned with the HydroNation agenda developed by the Scottish Government, which seeks to create synergies among the Scottish water related stakeholders working internationally.