Participants in the exchange between the delegation of the Southeast African Republic of Malawi and the GFZ (from left to right): Dr. Franziska Wilke (bottom, GFZ), Dr. Simona Regenspurg (GFZ), Happy Mhango (Embassy of the Republic of Malawi), Dr. Ludwig Stroink (GFZ), H.E. Joseph John Mpinganjira (Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi in Germany), Emma Banda, Innocent Mundie Chirambo, Janet Kandulu Saidi (Embassy of the Republic of Malawi), as well as Christine Bismuth (GFZ). Photo: M. Keßler, GFZ

On April 23, 2024, His Excellency Joseph John Mpinganjira, Ambassador of the Southeast African Republic of Malawi in Germany visited the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). 

Last year, the GFZ research team conducted investigations of geothermal fluids in Malawi within the CRM-geothermal project. Parts of Malawi are particularly promising from a geological perspective due to their location in the East African Rift Zone.

In addition to shared interests in geothermal energy and critical raw materials, further cooperation opportunities were discussed, especially in the areas of climate change and disaster risk reduction: Malawi, in addition to potential earthquake hazards, is also affected by flooding, droughts, and landslides.