Lessons from Malawi on Review of Environmental Legislation
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?