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For decades, Pact has been internationally regarded for its innovative capacity development approaches that help communities gain self-reliance and resilience. Pact’s work in Malawi is based on that tradition.
Pact recently began the Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi program, or REFRESH. The effort is conserving the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring natural fisheries productivity and ensuring that aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed, that endemic fish populations are self-sustaining, and that Lake Malawi fisheries are managed sustainably by 2024.
REFRESH builds on communities' successes under Pact's FISH project, which built social, ecological and economic resilience to climate change and significantly improved biodiversity conservation through sustainable fisheries co-management. The project's Pact-led consortium enabled communities and local government to protect four of Malawi’s main lakes, which contribute significantly to the health of the country and its people.