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Natural Resource Management

Pact works with local communities and governments to forge effective management systems and build responsible nature-based enterprises, allowing people to benefit from their natural environment.

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people that benefited from improved natural resource management in 2018

To make lasting change for the next generation, communities must have the skills, resources and opportunities they need to responsibly benefit from the natural resources around them, from fish to forests to mineral deposits. This is what Pact works toward. Our practical, integrated, systemic approach to natural resource management focuses on the interdependencies of nature and people, to the benefit of both.

We empower communities to make their own resource management decisions, working within the realities of population pressure, poverty, an increasing demand for energy and resources and the impacts of a changing climate.

Through our work, we improve biodiversity and conservation and foster more diversified, sustainable and profitable livelihoods so that those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization can own their future.

Learn more about our integrated natural resource management work here

Our NRM Work in Action

Photo story: Plenty of fish in the lake

May 29, 2019
Lake communities in Malawi are building a sustainable fishing industry.

A fish processor in Malawi protects the environment, one stove at a time

March 18, 2019
By Goodwell Thunga Necessity breeds invention, as the saying goes. This was exactly the case for Vincent Sande, a soft-spoken man who owns...

Southeast Asian women champion sustainability

March 8, 2019
Tainted food, plastic pollution, global warming and climate change – these are a number of the top concerns women have as consumers and...

The FISH project in Malawi

January 2, 2019
The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (FISH) project is increasing social, ecological and economic resilience to climate change...

Photo story: Don't teach a man to fish

December 20, 2018
In Malawi, Pact is helping communities adapt to climate change.

In historic milestone, Malawi fishing communities take true ownership over local natural resource management

September 3, 2018
The notion of participatory fisheries management isn’t new in Malawi. It was first introduced 25 years ago as a means to address collapsing...
Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To stem child labor in mining, it takes a village

August 30, 2018
When was the last time you thought about the minerals inside your cell phone or laptop? Where did they come from? Who mined them?

At a fish 'maternity ward' in Malawi, one man inspires an entire community

July 25, 2018
By Issa Mwanjabe and Mercy Phiri Every morning, 27-year-old Amini Mustafa goes to a swamp near his house, throwing in maize brans and...

WORTH in Malawi: Protecting lakes and empowering local entrepreneurs

May 13, 2018
By Judith Njikho Anna Kankwalala has always worked to contribute income to her household, despite cultural norms here that say it is a man’...

Photo story: How do bees relate to FISH?

May 7, 2018
In Malawi, the Kimu Village beekeeping group is part of Pact's USAID-funded FISH project. They're a microcosm of the ecosystems...