Authored by Brad Czerniak

This paper is based on a study that was carried out to investigate the linkages between population dynamics and climate change among both in school and out of school youth aged between 10 and 35 in southern Malawi to inform the development of behavioral change interventions for the PaMawa project. The overall purpose of the project is to promote increased adoption of positive behaviors related to climate change adaptation and sexual reproductive health (SRH) by identifying motivators, barriers and gaps in the uptake of SRH that have a bearing on climate change adaptation. The study employed a qualitative approach that involved the use of Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews. The results demonstrate that climate change has had significant impact on the reproductive choices by the youth through both positive and negative enablers. The full impact of these positive and negative enablers is constrained by cultural, religious, structural and attitudinal barriers that limit the uptake of SRH services among the youth. The main recommendation is that efforts to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of the youth adopting SRH services should be intensified both at the district and community levels. This would, in turn, enhance the youths' adaptive capacity to climate change and the overall resilience of their respective communities.