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Malawi to benefit from £3.6m climate change windfall

Scottish Government funding will aim to deliver clean drinking water and boost agricultural output.

Africa: Malawi is one of the world's poorest nations.
Africa: Malawi is one of the world's poorest nations. STV

Schemes to tackle climate change in developing countries will be given more than £3.6m of government cash, the Scottish climate change secretary has announced.

Roseanna Cunningham revealed the funding boost at the UN Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention in Bonn, the annual gathering to discuss tackling climate change and delivering on the terms of the Paris Agreement.

The funding will support a £3.2m programme for community-led initiatives to improve production of clean drinking water and boost agricultural production in Malawi.

It will also see £250,000 allocated to give better access to water, sanitation governance and infrastructure in Malawi, as part of the Hydro Nation Justice Project.

'Scotland and the rest of the developed world has a clear moral duty to ensure our lifestyles do not cause harm to the world's poorest people.'
Roseanna Cunnigham

A further £180,000 will be used to share learning between Scotland and Malawi on adapting to climate change risks.

Ms Cunningham said: "We have made tackling climate change one of our top priorities domestically, and now we're committing over £3.6m internationally to further support developing nations - in particular, Malawi.

"Climate change is a problem which affects all of us, and the UN Conference presents a unique opportunity for political differences to be put aside in order to tackle the problem collectively.

"Scotland and the rest of the developed world has a clear moral duty to ensure our lifestyles do not cause harm to the world's poorest people.

"That is why we continue to set - and surpass - increasingly ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions."

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