The Lake Chilwa Basin Management Trust (LCBMT) was finally registered in March 2018 after a lengthy process that started late in 2016. The process started with a resolution made by the Programme Management Committee (PMC) that was later endorsed by the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) both for the Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP). This followed a series of stakeholder engagement meetings on refining and setting the ground for the mandate and roles the LCBMT will follow. The drive to have a LCBMT was envisaged after realising the need to synchronize and coordinate planning across sectors and groups in the Lake Chilwa basin, both at horizontal and vertical levels. There was a need to have a body that can institutionalize ecosystems approach and provide a platform for continued dialogue and action as it was noted that there is lack of coordination to improve natural resource management, livelihoods, environment, and climate change in the Lake Chilwa Basin.
The objectives of the LCBMT therefore are to:
- Improve the capacity of local and district institutions to plan, implement and monitor integrated climate change adaptation for the Lake Chilwa Basin Coordinate the development of integrated management plans and their implementation for identified hotspots in the Lake Chilwa Basin
• Reduce the vulnerability of Basin households through improved and diversified livelihoods and natural resource management
• Promote the development of rural communities in the Lake Chilwa Basin through the promotion of education, infrastructure development and small scale enterprises aimed at alleviating household hunger and poverty.
• Safeguard and advance the education and welfare of children (including orphans), women, the aged and persons with disability in the basin
• Undertake activities aimed at preventing the spread and to ameliorate the suffering of those affected by cholera, malaria, bilharzia, HIV and AIDS and other communicable diseases and
• Engage in fund raising activities and such other social activities aimed at empowering the Trust to fulfil its objectives.
The registered Trustees for the LCBMT are Professor Sosten S. CHIOTHA, Dr Marlene CHIKUNI, Dr Clement CHILIMA, Dr Yanira NTUPANYAMA, Dr Daniel JAMU, Mrs Siphiwe MAUWA and Dr Estone SAMBO. Currently, the LCBMT is yet to meet to strategise on the way forward in a bid to achieve the set objectives.