Lessons from Malawi on Review of Environmental Legislation
May 27, 2009

Possible Methodology:

Step 1: Desk review to initially identify details of state of knowledge and information gaps and list of stakeholders to be consulted;

Step 2: Consultations with key stakeholders, non governmental organizations, directors from key sectors and other institutions;

Step 3: Consensus building among key stakeholders by discussing draft reports and zero drafts of the amended legislation; and

Step 4: Political clearance through presentations and discussions with the national committee responsible for environment, ministry responsible for justice and relevant cabinet committee.

Challenges and Lessons Learnt

 Legal processes purported to be slow – possible ways of expediting the process need to be sought

 Need for concerted efforts from all concerned stakeholders – what strategies can we use to effectively involve a wide range of stakeholders?

 Lobbying/advocacy essential – what strategies can we use effectively and what role can civil society play?

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