The Ministry of Water and Sanitation, in collaboration with BASEflow and with support from the SADC Groundwater Management Institute, is excited to inform the public about an important initiative aimed at revitalizing the groundwater monitoring network in the Shire River and Lake Chilwa basins in Malawi. This initiative is crucial for ensuring the sustainable management of groundwater resources, protecting the environment and catchments, and promoting socio-economic development in Malawi.

Project Objectives

The key objectives of the project are as follows:

  • Enhance the capacity and efficiency of groundwater monitoring systems by improving 20 existing groundwater monitoring wells and drilling 3 new boreholes, which will be equipped with telemetric monitoring equipment.
  • Build the capacity of government frontline staff in improved data collection, analysis, and management for informed decision-making.
  • Sensitize the communities surrounding these groundwater monitoring wells about the importance of monitoring groundwater conditions in their locality.
  • Strengthen environmental and social safeguards to mitigate potential risks and impacts.

Key Project Documents

As part of our commitment to transparency and stakeholder engagement, we have developed several important project documents, including:

  1. Approved Project Proposal: Details the rationale, objectives, and budget of the project. The document can be downloaded here.
  2. Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP): Outlines measures to address environmental and social impacts throughout the project lifecycle which can be downloaded here. It includes:
    • Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP): Strategies for engaging and consulting with stakeholders at various project stages.
    • Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM): A structured process for addressing grievances and complaints related to project activities.
    • Labor Management Procedures (LMP): Ensures compliance with labor standards and promotes fair and equitable employment practices.

Access to Project Documents We encourage all interested parties to access and review the project documents to gain a comprehensive understanding of the project’s scope, objectives, and safeguards. These documents are available for public access and can be downloaded from our Resources section of the BASEflow website.

Submitting Queries and Inquiries

Your feedback and input are invaluable to us. We welcome any queries, inquiries, or feedback related to the project. Please feel free to contact us through the following channels:

  • Steven Kumwenda | Email: st***@ba********.org | Phone: +265 999 302 669
  • Given Ngwira | Email: gi***@ba********.org | Phone: + 265 881 878 120
  • Or in-person by visiting BASEflow premises at 2nd Floor, Galaxy House, Opposite AXA Bus Terminal, Blantyre
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