The RIPPLE Effect - A Community Model for Conservation in Malawi
Nkhata Bay District in Malawi is an increasingly popular destination for global visitors and Lake Malawi is the world’s most diverse freshwater lake, attracting many water sport enthusiasts. However, decades of overfishing, land clearance for subsistence farming and reliance on wood for cooking are threatening natural resources on a vast scale.
This project is a community led initiative to increase awareness of conservation and protect endangered fish and forests. With the award money, RIPPLE Africa will empower local communities to:
- protect breeding sites for endangered fish species by confiscating illegal nets, restricting numbers of fishermen and managing a closed fishing season
- reduce deforestation by restricting unlawful tree felling for farming and firewood in Kandoli forest
- build 1,000 fuel efficient cookstoves – made of free local materials, burning 60% less wood
- plant 20,000 new trees near villages to reduce the need to gather firewood from forests