Sustainable Groundwater

Climate Justice Fund Project :  Climate Change Adaptation: Long-Term Ground Water Resource Management

Today's Groundwater for Tomorrows World

Groundwater Resource Management in Malawi

The aim of the Climate Justice Fund Project

  1. 2011 - Project commences and first mapping of water points completed
  2. 2012 - Evaluation of groundwater sources and periurban water management used to inform need of CJF Groundwater Well Investment.  Malawi IWRM decision makers visit Scotland to learn of HydroNation
  3. 2013 - Permaculture, Drilling Practices and implementation of CJF IWRM approach evaluated.  Global conference on Transboundary Aquifers held in Glasgow
  4. 2014 -Second mapping of water points and risks to water points completed, evaluation of temporal changes to groundwater resource resilience evaluated. 

Project Activities

The semi-arid region of Chikhwawa, in Southern Malawi, is highly dependent on Groundwater, this project aims to underpin groundwater advocacy at local level in support of long-term planning for Climate Change Resilience through adaptation and management.

Project Parnters


Hydrogeology is the science of groundwater availability, quality, movement and management.


Permaculture uses wasted groundwater (or other water resource) to provide local scale agriculture for food security and climate change adaptation

IWRM and Policy

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) links policy of water resources (surface / ground) for human use, food security & agriculture, economic security,  and ecosystem resilience. 

Scottish Government Climate Justice Fund

Government of Malawi
Chikhwawa District Council (implementation partner)

Ministry of Agriculture, Water Development and Irrigation

Water For People Malawi
Malawi NGO Partner

University of Strathclyde
Lead Project Partner