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Hydro Nation Water Futures boost for Malawi

Published: 22 Mar 2016 13:30

Scotland champions access to clean and safe water.

The Scottish Government today announced a boost in Hydro Nation support for the Climate Justice Fund to help improve the lives of people in Malawi through better access to clean, safe water.

The University of Strathclyde is to receive £2 million over the next two years to extend the Water Futures programme. The funding will help more communities in the Lower Shire Basin in rural Malawi access groundwater resources protected from the impacts of climate change.

The project will offer expert support and advice on water resource management to communities vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, including erratic rainfall, droughts, floods and late starts to the rainy season, and aims to deliver improved water access across seven districts in the region.

Speaking at an event to mark UN World Water Day 2016, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Keith Brown said:

"Our Hydro Nation Agenda is committed to managing our water environment to the best advantage, developing and promoting more efficient water use, and crucially, in the context of World Water Day, employing our knowledge and expertise not only in Scotland, but internationally. The historic Paris Agreement recognises the global challenge of adapting to climate change and Christiana Figures, head of the UN climate change body, visited Scotland on March 10 and praised Scotland's commitment to continued leadership on climate change and stressed the importance of collective effort between developed and developing countries.

"Scotland enjoys a special relationship with Malawi and the funding I am announcing today will build on that. Working with our partners at the University of Strathclyde and the Malawian authorities, the funding will help local communities access ground water resources protected from the impact of climate change. This £2 million is the first extension of funding under the £12 million over four years – representing a doubling of funding for the Climate Justice Fund – pledged by the First Minister at the Paris climate conference.

"We recognise that, as a Hydro Nation, it is right that we reach out to the world to share our knowledge, expertise and invite collaboration to ensure everyone has access to safe, clean drinking water."

Notes to editors

The Scottish Government's Hydro Nation agenda promotes the responsible management of water resources to develop value for the economy and benefit wider society. For more details on Hydro Nation please visit:
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/waterindustryscot/ScotlandtheHydroNation

For more details on the Climate Justice Fund visit:
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/climatechange/international/climatejustice