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Why invest in resilience?

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Key Findings

  • Costs of extreme weather events (droughts and floods) in Malawi are rising and undermine development gains.
  • Climate change means that the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events will continue into the future, with negative economic impacts accelerating after 2050.
  • Investing in resilience creates a triple dividend: avoided losses, development and co-benefits.
  • It is cost-effective: benefit-cost ratios for resilience investments can give returns from 3 to 1 to 50 to 1.
  • Investing in resilience will allow Malawi to meet its development goals through sustaining and maintaining ecosystems for improved performance of key sectors, including agriculture, tourism, energy and wildlife.
  • Investing in resilience has a positive contribution on building human resource capital for addressing 21st century challenges.

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