PEI Malawi supports the integration of P-E linkages into the National Fisheries Policy and Implementation Plan
Following the work that was supported by the Malawi PEI team to include sustainability indicators in the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach plan (ASWAp), the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security requested PEI to provide further support to the revision of the Fisheries Policy to ensure the incorporation of P-E linkages and other related issues.
A series of consultative meetings with relevant ministries, the academia and civil society under the leadership of the Fisheries Department and the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC)’s) Policy Planning Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit during 2012 have yielded the Draft National Fisheries Policy and Implementation Plan. On December 14 the Fisheries Department organized a National Validation Workshop for the Policy with the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Prof. Peter Mwanza, as the guest of honor. The Minister expressed satisfaction with the support to review the policy to integrate P-E as this is in line with the Government’s medium strategy, The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II.
The validated policy and plan reflect P-E linkages. This work is as a result of the PEI supported work to integrate sustainability indicators in the monitoring and evaluation framework of ASWAp. The resulting M&E framework has already contributed to enhance monitoring of environmental sustainability and facilitated the allocation of funding for updating baseline information for soil loss and nutrient use efficiency.
In July 2013, FAO has called upon the Government to speed up the approval and implementation of the revised Fisheries Policies during a workshop on the implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Aquaculture (EAFA). At the same event the Acting Director of Fisheries highlighted the importance of the PEI support for the policy review and empasized that the revised policy reflects a strengthened ecosystem approach. The event and remarks received attention in the Nation Online on the 16th of July in the article FAO calls for fisheries policy.