Malawi is a landlocked state, bordering Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. It has a sub-tropical climate with a rainy reason (November-May) and a dry season (May to November). Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature. Malawi is rich in limestone, arable land and hydropower. It also has large reserves of unexploited uranium, coal and bauxite.

Key Water Issues and Challenges

  • Disputes with Tanzania over the boundary in Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) and the meandering Songwe River remain dormant
  • Water pollution from agricultural runoff, sewage, industrial wastes
  • Siltation of spawning grounds endangers fish populations
  • Deforestation and land degradation

Contact GWP Malawi

Ms. Ruth Beukman, Regional Coordinator

More Information

AQUASTAT -FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture

UN-Water Statistics


Posted: 2012-07-25

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