The FISH programme adopts a holistic approach, tackling multiple challenges to make sustainable changes.
With our partners, we work with local communities to reduce threats to freshwater biodiversity by training and supporting beach village communities (BVCs) to play a key role in the future of their lakes. BVC’s monitor illegal fishing, confiscate illegal fishing traps and create protected areas for fish stock.
Malawi has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation. As people fell trees for wood, charcoal and farmland, this increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, exacerbating the rate of climate change.
The decline in Malawi’s forests leaves communities exposed to threats such as heavy and erratic rainfall, more frequent flooding and landslides, as well as rising temperatures and dry spells.
We are mobilising communities to preserve the country’s remaining trees, start natural resource based enterprises (NRBE), reduce their reliance on wood, and adapt to their changing climate.
Our partners support communities to set up village saving and loans associations, and village natural resources management committees to support habitat restoration and wetlands conservation. We provide training in conservation agriculture and encouraging communities to switch to fuel affordable efficient cookstoves.
Bees provide an alternative income to logging. Our partners are training groups in beekeeping management, giving them the skills and knowledge to set up beekeeping enterprises.
Results - FISH facts
- 145 village savings and loans associations have been formed and are providing essential loans to members in fishing communities to pay for school fees, meet household needs and buy food.
- 76 groups are trained to construct efficient cookstoves, and more than 1,350 stoves have been built so far.
- 47 groups are trained as beekeeping associations and 200 beehives hung. A manual in honey production training has been developed and 55 trainers trained to help set up beekeeping groups.
- 57 Natural Resource Management Committees are trained and more than 110,000 trees planted in nurseries. Nearly 5,000 bamboo trees have been planted along river banks to help protect the lakes and control erosion. 386 people have been trained in reforestation and conservation techniques.
- Over 100 beach village communities (BVCs) have been trained to register those using the beaches, promote legal fishing and good sanitation on the lake shores.