UNESCO has practically given the Malawi government the nod to proceed with a water development project around a heritage site in Mangochi.
While faulting the authorities for embarking on the project without proper consultations, a heritage team from the UN’s education and culture agency insists it is impressed by the measures that are in place to protect the site.
The K14 billion Southern Region Water Board project at Nkhudzi Hill in the lakeshore district is entangled in controversy as conservationists fear for the heritage site as well as wildlife in the Lake Malawi National Park.
Recently, the National Youth Network on Climate Change, the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy – CEPA and the Movement for Environmental Action obtained a court injunction against the project.
The 3 campaign groups are demanding that the project should be re-designed to ensure protection of the environment.
However, leader of the visiting UNESCO mission, Peter Howard, believes the project can proceed based on current