Currently only about 4 per cent of the cropland is irrigated and the areas are increasingly susceptible to both droughts and flooding. In recent years, flooding events have caused major damage and loss of life.
SMEC has been engaged by Malawi’s Ministry of Water and Sanitation, with funding from the World Bank, to prepare catchment management plans and village level action plans for 3 catchment areas. The team will work with the client and key stakeholders and develop strategies to help communities build climate resilience, improve carbon sequestration capacity, and enhance livelihoods.
The project scope consists of three related components:
As part of the scope, SMEC will deploy a team of specialists with expertise in hydrology, forestry, environmental management, civil engineering, agri-business, and GIS. The team will work together to study value chains and local markets with the aim of improving conditions for smallholder rainfed farms, livestock production and silviculture. The project’s financing preparation report estimates that the catchment management plans will directly benefit about 350,000 people.
SMEC’s role and responsibilities includes:
Client: The Government of Malawi, Ministry of Water and Sanitation
Funding: International Development Association, World Bank
Location(s): Upper and middle Shire River Basin, which includes the Mangochi, Balaka and Machinga catchments.
The SMEC Foundation was founded on our employees’ sensitivity to disadvantage and desire to make a difference. Our colleagues are adept at developing constructive approaches to alleviating hardship. While funding is critical, the hands-on support provided by our locally based offices and teams makes the execution of these projects particularly effective.
SMEC carried out the detailed engineering design services for the project, harmonizing the design and construction methodology with the adjacent North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), another major infrastructure undertaking in the Philippines. The two projects will be built on the shared corridor of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) right of way.
Libby Paholski, SMEC Functional General Manager of Environment & Social Development Group - ASEAN, recently spoke at the 2022 International Development Opportunities Seminar. The seminar was organised by the Australian Government through the Australian Embassy in Manila and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
SMEC is pleased to announce that they have joined the Qazaq Green Association in Khazakhstan as a member. With global expertise and as a trusted partner for our clients, SMEC has significant experience in renewables projects and enabling sustainability objectives in key infrastructure projects.