GCU Researchers visit Malawi and Zambia

17 September 2015

GCU researchers visit Malawi and Zambia

GCU researchers visit Malawi and Zambia

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Centre for Climate Justice visited its partners, the University of Malawi and the University of Lusaka in Zambia, as part of the Water for ALL project.

The 18-month project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund, is working in partnership with communities and academics in Malawi and Zambia to improve access to water to the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Professor Ole Pahl, Dr Malawi Ngwira and Dr Ted Scanlon met with teams engaged in gathering data on the provision and access to water as well as local communities, NGOs and government representatives.

Water for ALL, a project led by GCU’s Director of the Centre for Climate Justice Professor Tahseen Jafry, has three main objectives: contribute to achieving water access equity and entitlements; develop governance systems which are socially inclusive, gender transformative and climate just; and support initiatives to create and build sustainable capacity.

Dr Ted Scanlon said: "From a climate justice perspective, the visit confirmed how those who least contribute to global warming and climate change are those who suffer the most severe consequences of fossil fuel dependency, C02 gas emissions, and over consumption in the Westernised world."

"Heavy droughts followed by long periods of dry weather have now become characteristics of the weather patterns in these countries provoking confusion in subsistence farmers’ agricultural activities, animal deaths, and the ever-increasing difficulty to access water for human consumption."

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has also recently chaired a roundtable at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, which included representatives from Malawi and Zambia, and will conduct a dissemination discussion around climate justice at the Global Landscape Forum, part of the UN summit on climate change in Paris.

Through the different projects implemented by the Climate Justice Centre, the team is working to influence government policy and through its research it hopes people will be stimulated to actively engage in their communities and access the basic services to which they have a right.