With Norway support Malawi reinforces fish conservation in Lake Malawi
UNESCO and the Government of Malawi have joined forces with an NGO Ripple Africa to support conservation of the exceptional fish biodiversity in Lake Malawi National Park World Heritage site. The project which was initiated thanks to Norway’s financial contribution to the World Heritage Fund focuses on supporting sustainable co-management of the fish resources as a key livelihood and heritage asset, in partnership with the local people.
Located at the southern end of the great expanse of Lake Malawi, with its deep, clear waters and mountain backdrop, the Lake Malawi National Park is home to many hundreds of fish species, nearly all endemic. Its importance for the study of evolution is comparable to that of the finches of the Galapagos Islands. The national park was established in 1980 and designated as a World Heritage site in 1984.
Protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage site remains a global priority, while it is important to support sustainable development options for the local communities who depend on the natural resources for their food security, wellbeing, and livelihoods. Through the Norway-backed project that runs until 2023 communities are empowered to enforce bylaws that support conservation of fish breeding areas and sustainable fishing practices in the region.
Watch the video below prepared by UNESCO’s implementing partner Ripple Africa about Lake Malawi National Park World Heritage site and the start of the project. More information is available on the project website.