2014 - 2016


Analysis of Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Malawi

Malawi is making significant advances toward establishing a national programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as part of a global regime for mitigating climate change. Avoided deforestation will reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU) sector and contribute to the sustainable economic growth of Malawi. Malawi’s REDD+ Readiness Programme emphasises transformational change to policies and measures at national level that are piloted at field level, to jointly address specific drivers of deforestation and forest degradation.

With the establishment of a national framework to REDD+ in Malawi already underway, a detailed road map has been prepared to ensure Malawi puts in place the necessary building blocks for its REDD+ Readiness Programme. Understanding proximate and underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Malawi is one of the key building blocks that will inform future actions such as: (i) the establishment of reference levels and reference emissions levels; and (ii) the categorisation of land use emissions reporting as part of the national GHG accounting system.

During Phase 1 of this multi-year assignment, the LTS team will:

  • conduct a meta-analysis of literature on drivers of deforestation and forest degradation;
  • bench mark approaches to conduct a drivers analysis;
  • undertake an inventory of relevant REDD+ data, assess and catalogue it.

As part of company’s long-standing commitment to build capacity in Malawi, the in-house LTS team will work closely with Government ministries, departments and agencies, including the national REDD+ Technical Working Group, Department of Forestry and National Spatial Data Centre.

Image credit: Scott Gregory

Clients: United States Forest Service International Program



Geography: Malawi

Date: 2014 - 2016

Keywords: REDD+, drivers, deforestation, Malawi, Africa, AFOLU, GHG, carbon finance, climate change, forestry, readiness

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