[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.7.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_fullwidth_header title=”Restoring biodiversity” text_orientation=”center” header_fullscreen=”on” header_scroll_down=”on” scroll_down_icon=”%%2%%” scroll_down_icon_color=”#ffffff” scroll_down_icon_size=”60px” button_one_text=”Learn more” button_one_url=”#concerned2″ button_one_text_tablet=”” button_one_text_phone=”” button_one_text_last_edited=”on|phone” content_tablet=”” content_phone=”

For every tree planted, we protect three indigenous trees in a forest

” content_last_edited=”on|phone” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” title_font=”Poppins|700|||||||” title_text_align=”center” title_text_color=”#ffffff” title_font_size=”3vw” title_line_height=”1.2em” content_font=”Poppins||||||||” content_font_size=”22px” content_letter_spacing=”3px” content_line_height=”1.8em” background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.3)” background_image=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Help-Malawians-protect-biodiversity.jpg” background_blend=”overlay” custom_button_one=”on” button_one_text_color=”#e6872e” button_one_bg_color=”#ffffff” button_one_border_width=”0px” button_one_border_radius=”5px” button_one_font=”Poppins|300|||||||” button_one_icon=”%%20%%” button_one_on_hover=”off” button_one_custom_padding=”|30px|||false|false” custom_margin=”||||false|false” custom_padding=”||||false|false” title_font_size_tablet=”” title_font_size_phone=”26px” title_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” content_font_size_tablet=”” content_font_size_phone=”14px” content_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” background_last_edited=”on|phone” button_one_text_size_tablet=”” button_one_text_size_phone=”12px” button_one_text_size_last_edited=”on|phone” title_text_shadow_style=”preset1″ title_text_shadow_color=”#000000″ global_colors_info=”{}”]

With a community-led initiative
in Lake Malawi

[/et_pb_fullwidth_header][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”0px||20px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row disabled_on=”off|off|off” module_id=”concerned2″ _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”20px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_text_color=”#000000″ text_font_size=”20px” text_line_height=”150%” custom_margin=”20px||15px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px|||10px|false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Concerned about biodiversity? We are too which is why we are working with Lake Malawi’s fishing communities to manage their fish resources sustainably and at the same time improve biodiversity through protection of endangered species and breeding areas. You can help too.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text disabled_on=”off|on|on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_font=”||||||||” text_text_color=”#000000″ text_font_size=”17px” text_line_height=”30.8px” header_4_line_height=”1.7em” width=”100%” custom_margin=”10px||20px|0px|false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_margin__hover_enabled=”on|desktop”]

Concerned about biodiversity? We are too. Lake Malawi fishing communities manage fish resources sustainably and improve biodiversity through protection of endangered species and breeding areas. You can help too.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ disabled_on=”on|off|off” module_class=”statsbanner” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” background_color=”#1d3f82″ module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”10px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”20px||30px||false|false” top_divider_style=”arrow3″ top_divider_color=”#ffffff” top_divider_height=”25px” top_divider_repeat=”3x” bottom_divider_style=”arrow3″ bottom_divider_color=”#ffffff” bottom_divider_height=”25px” bottom_divider_repeat=”3x” bottom_divider_flip=”vertical” bottom_divider_arrangement=”above_content” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_3,1_3,1_3″ use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”1″ make_equal=”on” _builder_version=”4.8.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”5px||5px||true|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”4.5.7″ _module_preset=”default” custom_css_main_element=”display: flex;” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/fish-stats.png” title_text=”fish-stats” _builder_version=”4.5.7″ width=”80%” max_width=”150px” max_width_tablet=”150px” max_width_phone=”150px” max_width_last_edited=”on|tablet” max_height=”150px” max_height_tablet=”” max_height_phone=”” max_height_last_edited=”on|desktop” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_number_counter title=”KM OF PROTECTED SHORELINE ” number=”400″ percent_sign=”off” _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” title_font=”|700|||||||” title_text_color=”#ffffff” title_line_height=”1.4em” number_font=”|700|||||||” number_text_color=”#ffffff” number_font_size=”38px” custom_padding=”||||false|false” title_font_size_tablet=”” title_font_size_phone=”14px” title_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” number_font_size_tablet=”” number_font_size_phone=”30px” number_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” number_line_height_tablet=”” number_line_height_phone=”” number_line_height_last_edited=”on|phone” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_number_counter][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ module_class=”hideonmobile” _builder_version=”4.8.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_css_main_element=”display: flex;” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Fish-fisherman.png” title_text=”Fish-fisherman” _builder_version=”4.5.7″ width=”80%” max_width=”150px” max_width_tablet=”150px” max_width_phone=”150px” max_width_last_edited=”on|tablet” max_height=”150px” max_height_tablet=”” max_height_phone=”” max_height_last_edited=”on|desktop” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_number_counter title=”FISHING COMMUNITIES INVOLVED” number=”310″ percent_sign=”off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” title_font=”|700|||||||” title_text_color=”#ffffff” title_line_height=”1.4em” number_font=”|700|||||||” number_text_color=”#ffffff” number_font_size=”38px” custom_padding=”||||false|false” title_font_size_tablet=”” title_font_size_phone=”14px” title_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” number_font_size_tablet=”” number_font_size_phone=”30px” number_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” number_line_height_tablet=”” number_line_height_phone=”” number_line_height_last_edited=”on|phone” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_number_counter][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ module_class=”hideonmobile” _builder_version=”4.8.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_css_main_element=”display: flex;” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Fish-seaweed-2.png” title_text=”Fish-seaweed-2″ _builder_version=”4.5.7″ width=”80%” max_width=”150px” max_height=”150px” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_number_counter title=”PROTECTED FISH BREEDING SITES” number=”85″ percent_sign=”off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” title_font=”|700|||||||” title_text_color=”#ffffff” title_line_height=”1.4em” number_font=”|700|||||||” number_text_color=”#ffffff” number_font_size=”38px” custom_padding=”||||false|false” title_font_size_tablet=”” title_font_size_phone=”14px” title_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” number_font_size_tablet=”” number_font_size_phone=”30px” number_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_number_counter][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”27px||0px||false|false” custom_margin_tablet=”” custom_margin_phone=”0px||||false|false” custom_margin_last_edited=”on|phone” custom_padding=”10px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_5,3_5″ make_equal=”on” disabled_on=”off|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”20px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Cichlids-from-Lake-Malawi-in-a-fish-tank.jpg” alt=”Cichlids from Lake Malawi in a fish tank” title_text=”Cichlids from Lake Malawi in a fish tank” show_bottom_space=”off” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” border_radii=”off||20px|20px|20px” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_font_size=”23px” header_font=”|700|||||||” header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font_size=”60px” background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” width=”100%” module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”20px||||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px|10px|false|false” text_font_size_tablet=”” text_font_size_phone=”23px” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_font_size_tablet=”” header_font_size_phone=”40px” header_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_text_shadow_style=”preset1″ locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”]

What is biodiversity and why is it important?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#435061″ disabled_on=”off|off|off” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” width=”20%” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px|10px|false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text content_tablet=”” content_phone=”

Biodiversity, or the variety of living organisms, is vital to the health of the world’s ecosystems which supply oxygen, clean air and water and is therefore vital to the survival of the planet. However, biodiversity is under increasing threat from human activity worldwide and Lake Malawi is no exception.

Lake Malawi is the ninth largest and most biodiverse freshwater lake in the world. It is home to more than 850 species of fish, over 90% of which are found nowhere else in the world.

” content_last_edited=”on|phone” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_text_color=”#000000″ custom_margin=”0px||20px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px|||10px|false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Biodiversity, or the variety of living organisms, is vital to the health of the world’s ecosystems which supply oxygen, clean air and water and is therefore vital to the survival of the planet. However, biodiversity is under increasing threat from human activity worldwide and Lake Malawi is no exception.

Lake Malawi is the ninth largest and most biodiverse freshwater lake in the world. It is home to more than 850 species of fish, over 90% of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Fish traditionally has been a major source of animal protein for Malawians but Malawi’s rapid population growth over the last 50 years (5 million to over 19 million) has led to overfishing and many species of fish are now classified as critically endangered.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”3_5,2_5″ make_equal=”on” disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”18px|auto|0px|auto|false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_font_size=”23px” header_font=”|700|||||||” header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font_size=”60px” background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” width=”100%” module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”20px||||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px|10px|false|false” text_font_size_tablet=”” text_font_size_phone=”23px” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_font_size_tablet=”” header_font_size_phone=”40px” header_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_text_shadow_style=”preset1″ locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”]

What are we doing to help?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#435061″ disabled_on=”off|off|off” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” width=”20%” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px|10px|false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text content_tablet=”” content_phone=”

We work with over 1,700 Forest Conservation Committee members patrolling 340 sq.kms of forest. They educate community members on the problems of deforestation and ensure the conservation bylaws are understood. Anyone caught illegally chopping down trees or starting fires is fined. Once an area is protected, natural regeneration occurs, thus preserving the forest for future generations.

” content_last_edited=”on|phone” _builder_version=”4.10.6″ _module_preset=”default” text_text_color=”#000000″ custom_margin=”0px||20px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px|||10px|false|false” hover_enabled=”0″ text_font_size_tablet=”” text_font_size_phone=”” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|desktop” global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″]

We started our Fish for Tomorrow community-led conservation project in 2011. It is protecting endangered and economically important fish species, preserving biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods and food security. We have helped set up almost 310 Beach Village Committees who are protecting 85 fish breeding sites along almost 400 km of lake Malawi’s shoreline.

We help each district to develop new district conservation bylaws and the committees enforce these which include protecting fish breeding areas and enforcing a closed season when fish breed.

Where the Fish for Tomorrow project has been operating for some years, these areas are now seeing re-wilding, attracting bird life back to the lagoons including the Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana and Spectacled Weaver birds amongst many others.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_button button_url=”#infobio” url_new_window=”on” button_text=”Read more” button_alignment=”left” button_alignment_tablet=”” button_alignment_phone=”left” button_alignment_last_edited=”on|phone” disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_button=”on” button_text_size=”17px” button_text_color=”#ffffff” button_bg_color=”#91A1B4″ button_on_hover=”off” custom_margin=”0px||0px|10px|false|false” custom_margin_tablet=”” custom_margin_phone=”0px||||false|false” custom_margin_last_edited=”on|phone” custom_padding=”||||false|false” custom_css_main_element=”width: ||30%” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}” transform_styles__hover_enabled=”on|hover” transform_scale__hover_enabled=”on|hover” transform_translate__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_rotate__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_skew__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_origin__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_scale__hover=”105%|105%”][/et_pb_button][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/African-Jacana.jpg” alt=”African Jacana bird wading” title_text=”African Jacana” show_bottom_space=”off” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” border_radii=”off||20px|20px|20px” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_5,3_5″ use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”2″ make_equal=”on” disabled_on=”off|on|on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”40px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/African-Jacana.jpg” alt=”African Jacana bird wading” title_text=”African Jacana” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”10px||1px||false|false” border_radii=”off||20px|20px|20px” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”20px||11px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

What are we doing to help?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#435061″ _builder_version=”4.5.7″ _module_preset=”default” width=”20%” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text content_tablet=”” content_phone=”

We started our Fish for Tomorrow community-led conservation project in 2011. It is protecting endangered and economically important fish species, preserving biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods and food security. We have helped set up almost 250 fish conservation committees who are protecting 53 fish breeding sites along almost 400 km of lake Malawi’s shoreline.

We help each district to develop new district conservation bylaws and the committees enforce these which include protecting fish breeding areas and enforcing a closed season when fish breed.

Where the Fish for Tomorrow project has been operating for some years, these areas are now seeing re-wilding, attracting bird life back to the lagoons including the Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana and Spectacled Weaver birds amongst many others.

” content_last_edited=”on|phone” _builder_version=”4.10.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”|||2px||” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″]

We started our Fish for Tomorrow community-led conservation project in 2011. It is protecting endangered and economically important fish species, preserving biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods and food security. We have helped set up almost 310 beach village committees who are protecting 85 fish breeding sites along almost 400 km of lake Malawi’s shoreline.

We help each district to develop new district conservation bylaws and the committees enforce these which include protecting fish breeding areas and enforcing a closed season when fish breed.

Where the Fish for Tomorrow project has been operating for some years, these areas are now seeing re-wilding, attracting bird life back to the lagoons including the Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana and Spectacled Weaver birds amongst many others.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”2_5,3_5″ make_equal=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||20px||false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”2_5″ _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” text_text_color=”#000000″ text_font_size=”24px” text_line_height=”34px” header_font=”|700|||||||” header_text_color=”#000000″ header_font_size=”36px” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

See how it works and take action to help protect more fish breeding areas.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/pink-border-white-inside-arrow.png” title_text=”pink border white inside arrow” align=”center” disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” transform_rotate=”180deg|0deg|0deg” z_index=”123″ width=”48%” custom_margin=”20px||20px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_5″ _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text disabled_on=”off|on|on” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” text_font_size=”23px” header_font=”|700|||||||” header_text_color=”#ffffff” header_font_size=”60px” background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” width=”100%” module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”20px||||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px|0px|false|false” text_font_size_tablet=”” text_font_size_phone=”23px” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_font_size_tablet=”” header_font_size_phone=”40px” header_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” header_text_shadow_style=”preset1″ locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”]

See how it works

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#435061″ disabled_on=”off|on|on” _builder_version=”4.7.4″ _module_preset=”default” width=”20%” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_video src=”https://youtu.be/KvP79gsOnRw” thumbnail_overlay_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.6)” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”0px|||0px|false|false” custom_padding=”0px||||false|false” border_radii=”on|10px|10px|10px|10px” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_video][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”0px||20px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row module_id=”treepackage1″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”10px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”20px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_2,1_2″ make_equal=”on” module_id=”donatefish” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”0px||||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ disabled_on=”on|on|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” header_font=”|700|||||||” header_text_color=”#30701d” header_font_size=”26px” header_letter_spacing=”1px” header_line_height=”1.3em” header_2_font=”|700|||||||” header_2_text_color=”#1D3F82″ header_2_letter_spacing=”1px” header_2_line_height=”1.3em” background_color=”#ffffff” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”20px||10px||false|false” animation_style=”slide” border_width_all=”1px” border_color_all=”#1D3F82″ border_width_top=”1px” border_width_right=”1px” border_width_bottom=”0px” border_width_left=”1px” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Your monthly donation could help protect a fish breeding site

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Fish-breeding-site-Ripple-Africa-fish-conservation.jpg” alt=”Chambo-fish-breeding-area-lake-Malawi-Africa” title_text=”Fish breeding site Ripple Africa fish conservation” show_bottom_space=”off” align=”center” disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” width=”100%” max_width=”100%” min_height=”100px” border_width_all=”1px” border_color_all=”#1D3F82″ border_width_top=”0px” border_color_top=”#1d3f82″ global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” background_color=”#1D3F82″ custom_padding=”50px|50px|50px|50px|false|false” border_radii=”on|15px|15px|15px|15px” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_button button_url=”#open” button_text=”DONATE MONTHLY” button_alignment=”center” module_id=”overlay_unique_id_165638″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_button=”on” button_text_color=”#1D3F82″ button_bg_color=”#FFFFFF” button_border_color=”#FFFFFF” button_font=”Poppins|700|||||||” custom_css_main_element=”width:100%;” global_colors_info=”{}” button_text_color__hover_enabled=”on|hover” button_text_color__hover=”#FFFFFF” button_bg_color__hover_enabled=”on|hover” button_bg_color__hover=”#1D3F82″ button_bg_enable_color__hover=”on” button_border_color__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” button_border_color__hover=”#FFFFFF”][/et_pb_button][et_pb_button button_url=”#open” button_text=”GIVE ONCE” button_alignment=”center” module_id=”overlay_unique_id_165640″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_button=”on” button_text_color=”#1D3F82″ button_bg_color=”#FFFFFF” button_border_color=”#FFFFFF” button_font=”Poppins|700|||||||” custom_css_main_element=”width:100%;” global_colors_info=”{}” button_text_color__hover_enabled=”on|hover” button_text_color__hover=”#FFFFFF” button_bg_color__hover_enabled=”on|hover” button_bg_color__hover=”#1D3F82″ button_bg_enable_color__hover=”on” button_border_color__hover=”#FFFFFF” button_border_color__hover_enabled=”on|desktop”][/et_pb_button][et_pb_button button_url=”https://rippleafrica.org/cp-enquiry/” button_text=”CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP” button_alignment=”center” module_id=”overlay_unique_id_144660″ _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_button=”on” button_text_color=”#E6872E” button_bg_color=”#FFFFFF” button_border_color=”#FFFFFF” button_font=”Poppins|700|||||||” custom_css_main_element=”width:100%;” global_colors_info=”{}” button_text_color__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” button_text_color__hover=”#FFFFFF” button_bg_color__hover_enabled=”on|hover” button_bg_color__hover=”#E6872E” button_bg_enable_color__hover=”on” button_border_color__hover=”#E6872E” button_border_color__hover_enabled=”on|desktop”][/et_pb_button][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.8.1″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”0px||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||30px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row module_id=”infobio” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” custom_margin=”||10px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” text_text_color=”#000000″ text_font_size=”25px” text_line_height=”35px” custom_margin=”15px||20px||false|false” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Your Questions Answered

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#435061″ _builder_version=”4.5.7″ _module_preset=”default” width=”20%” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_divider][et_pb_accordion icon_color=”#000000″ use_icon_font_size=”on” _builder_version=”4.10.6″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″][et_pb_accordion_item title=”Title” open=”on” _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” custom_css_main_element=”display:none;” global_colors_info=”{}”]

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”Can you tell me more about the fish conservation project?” icon_color=”#000000″ _builder_version=”4.10.6″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” open=”off” sticky_enabled=”0″]

Ripple Africa’s Fish Conservation project (called Fish for Tomorrow) is built on its experience of community forest conservation in Malawi. We developed a simple approach which we trialled along a 40 km area of lakeshore in Nkhata Bay District. Working in partnership with fishing communities, their leaders and the District Fisheries Officer, the project slowly began to produce results. Fishers reported that they were starting to see fish species which they had not seen in the lake for many years.  They also said they were catching larger fish which they could sell for higher prices, thus increasing their family income.  In 2016, the project was expanded to cover all of Nkhata Bay District. Local communities all along the lakeshore in this District, supported by their leaders, are now empowered to control damaging fishing activity, regulate closed seasons and protect fish breeding areas. Simple, cost effective community education and ongoing support underpin the project.

Also in 2016, we extended the project into Nkhotakota District and in 2018 into Salima District. Recently we have expanded into Dedza and Mangochi Districts too and we are now helping to protect more than 400 km of shoreline – over half the length of Lake Malawi. From ten years of lessons learnt, we have developed a functional, tried and tested model which can be rolled out across the whole of the lake. It can be replicated in lakes and coastal areas in neighbouring countries too.

District Bylaws were signed in Nkhata Bay District in May 2016, and in Nkhotakota District in May 2018. Over 3,000 community members are now members of active Beach Village Committees, confiscating illegal nets, protecting breeding areas  and enforcing the closed season.

We are now keen to secure funding to enable the project to be spread into the other lakeshore Districts.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][et_pb_accordion_item title=”How does the project work?” _builder_version=”4.10.6″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” open=”off” sticky_enabled=”0″]

Ripple Africa works first with District Fisheries Officers and their teams. We also work with Traditional Authorities (Senior Chiefs) and local leaders to ensure that they have a full understanding of the project and are in support.  The aim is to develop new District Bylaws for fish conservation which will be a legally binding document to which all key stakeholders are committed.

The bylaws include the following key items:

Ripple Africa works in partnership with District Fisheries teams to set up Beach Village Committees (BVCs). These are local voluntary groups that represent the interests of the fishing communities, who will own the fish conservation project. They play a major role in the sustainable management of fish resources.

Each BVC has 10 members, which could include fishing gear owners, crew members, traders, farmers, processors and other non-fishers (e.g. shop owners) with an interest in fish conservation. At least three of its members should be women as women are the main fish sellers in Malawi. BVCs are empowered to confiscate illegal fishing gear and fine offenders. These fines are kept by the BVC to fund the costs of carrying out patrols and other activities. If the fines are not paid, offenders are passed to the police and risk imprisonment and much larger fines.

Beach Village Committee duties are to:

  1. Educate the local community about the Fish For Tomorrow project so they understand the benefits of protecting fish stocks;
  2. Check that all fishers are using recommended fishing gear;
  3. Monitor beaches and fish breeding areas for illegal activity;
  4. Fine illegal activity and/or confiscate fishing gear;
  5. Make sure fishers observe the closed season;
  6. Make sure all gear owners have paid for current government permits;
  7. Issue and check local fishing permits;
  8. Check that fish being sold in local markets or being processed is legal;
  9. Make sure that only registered fishers are using their beaches;
  10. Effectively manage a fund for the running of the committee with income from fines and local permits.

Fishermen who have been involved in the project so far are now not only protecting the fish in the breeding areas, but are feeding them and encouraging the reeds to regrow to offer baby fish more protection from other predators and from the sun’s heat.

Already we are seeing fishing communities in our project area making huge efforts to protect these breeding areas with consequent benefits not only for fish, but also for flora.  Our community fish conservation volunteers have now stopped the use of mosquito nets in most areas, and are also taking positive steps to encourage the growth of reeds and other plants around the lagoons which offer vital protection for the fish from predators.

Women play a key role in the project as they are heavily involved in fish processing and selling and women and children have traditionally been responsible for catching baby fish in shallow waters with mosquito nets in Malawi. Therefore our fish conservation committees include 30% female membership to ensure that they are fully involved and committed to the project.

We also work closely with schools near the breeding areas as well to ensure that children understand why they must no longer use mosquito nets to catch fish in the shallow waters. By educating the future fishers of Malawi, we hope to ensure that the approach that we are introducing has the longevity needed to make sure that there will be fish in Lake Malawi for future generations of Malawians.

[/et_pb_accordion_item][/et_pb_accordion][et_pb_button button_url=”mailto:[email protected]%20″ url_new_window=”on” button_text=”Have a question? Get in touch” button_alignment=”center” disabled_on=”off|off|off” _builder_version=”4.8.1″ _module_preset=”default” custom_button=”on” button_text_color=”#ffffff” button_bg_color=”#91A1B4″ button_border_width=”1px” button_border_radius=”10px” button_letter_spacing=”1px” button_on_hover=”off” custom_margin=”40px||20px||false|false” custom_padding=”||||false|false” button_text_size_tablet=”” button_text_size_phone=”18px” button_text_size_last_edited=”on|phone” custom_css_main_element=”width: 100%” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}” transform_styles__hover_enabled=”on|hover” transform_scale__hover_enabled=”on|hover” transform_translate__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_rotate__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_skew__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_origin__hover_enabled=”on|desktop” transform_scale__hover=”105%|105%” button_bg_color__hover_enabled=”on|desktop”][/et_pb_button][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row disabled_on=”on|off|off” _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals:

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_6,1_6,1_6,1_6,1_6,1_6″ use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”1″ make_equal=”on” module_class=”three-col-mob” _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”0px||0px||false|false” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/No-Poverty-Logo.png” title_text=”SDG 1 No Poverty” _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2-zero-hunger-1.png” title_text=”2-zero-hunger (1)” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/5-gender-equality-1.png” title_text=”5-gender-equality” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/14-life-below-the-water.png” title_text=”14-life-below-the-water” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/15-life-on-land.png” title_text=”15-life-on-land” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” locked=”off” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_6″ _builder_version=”4.5.3″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_image src=”https://rippleafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/17-partnerships-for-the-goals.png” title_text=”17-partnerships-for-the-goals” force_fullwidth=”on” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ disabled_on=”off|off|off” _builder_version=”4.9.2″ _module_preset=”default” background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” custom_margin=”||||false|false” custom_padding=”20px||30px||false|false” saved_tabs=”all” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_section]