Box 1.1 Environmental Policy Statement


     Box 1.1 Environmental Policy Statement

The objective of the Malawi environmental policy is to promote sustainable, social and economic development through the sound management of the environment in the country. A major environmental and development challenge the policy aims to address is to narrow the gap between the degradation of natural resources and the environment on one hand and sustainable production and economic growth on the other.

The policy thus provides an overall structure against which relevant sectoral environmental policies can be reviewed to ensure that there is consistency with the principles of sustainable development.

Government has already taken urgent measures to implement some of the provisions of the National Environmental Policy. Already policies on Forestry, National Parks and Wildlife and Fisheries have been reviewed and revised to reflect current approaches in sustainable use and management of natural resources and the environment. This initiative will continue until all relevant sectoral policies have been reviewed


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