Enhancing the Capacity of CEPA and its partners’ Engagement in Constituency Environmental Management and Natural Resources Advocacy: Towards Enhanced Constituency Representation for Sustainable Livelihoods The programme aimed to contribute towards ensuring that Government of Malawi and donor policies and programmes in environment and natural resources management become increasingly responsive to the needs of rural communities with the long term objective of sustainable socio-economic development. The main activities of this project are a) evaluation of governance in legislative representation to enhance sustainable environment and natural resources management; b) reviewing and analysing policy implementation and existing gaps in environment and natural resources management; and d) strengthening the capacity of CEPA and its partners to conduct advocacy and outreach for sustainable environment and natural resources management. The project is being funded by European Union under its Capacity Building Programme for Non state Actors in Malawi. Institutions and Governance: The Access initiative The programme aimed to enhance access to environmental justice by facilitating the establishment of the Environmental Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Under this project, CEPA is facilitating preparation of the necessary memorandum and instruments to appoint members of the EAT and put the EAT into operation; setting out the statutory obligations, procedures and budgets; and criteria and qualifications of the Tribunal; developing procedural rules for the tribunal; developing guidelines on how the public can access the Tribunal, orienting members of the tribunal and how to process complaints from the public; and disseminate guidelines to the public on how to access the Tribunal. The project is funded by the World Resources Institute (USA). Enhancing Capacity for Sustainable Environmental and Natural Resources Management Policy Making and Implementation
The overall goal of the project was to achieve sustainable development through sound management of the environment and natural resources. The project is intended to enhance the institutional capacity of CEPA in facilitating formulation, analysis, monitoring and implementation of environment and natural resources management policies.
Southern Africa Biodiversity Policy Initiative (SABPI)
SABPI is a sub-regional network of civil society organisations working in biodiversity, biosafety, trade, development and environmental issues in Southern Africa. Its mission is to promote, coordinate and facilitate participatory rights based approaches to policy formulation, imp[lamentation and adoption of startegies that provide for issue relating to farmers’ rights, indeginous knowledge systems, community resources rights, access and benefit sharing, food security and food sovereignty. Under this initiative, CEPA is currently conducting research on the impact of agrofuels, climate change and modern biotechnology on biodiversity conservation and food security. The initiative is funded by Evangelischer Entwicklungsdeinst of Germany through the Community Technology Development Trust of Zimbabwe.
Land and Agrarian Reform Initiative
The programme sought to influence land and agrarian policy reform in Malawi. Under this initiative, CEPA is facilitating momentum on the enactment of the revised Land Bill in Malawi. This is being done through holding stakeholder workshops and providing capacity building sessions for key institutions working in land and agrarian reform.
Biodiversity and Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources
The programme Involved the biodiversity policy lobbying and networking. The aim was to advocate for the development and management of biodiversity policies and legislation that promote biodiversity conservation and local livelihood issues. Currently CEPA is supporting development of an Access and Benefit Sharing Bill for Malawi.
Biotechnology Policy Lobbying and Advocacy
CEPA was involved in advocacy work relating public awareness on modern biotechnology products and how they affect biodiversity conservation especially agro-biodiversity in Malawi.
Climate Change and Rural Livelihoods
The project sought to assist in development of appropriate policy responses to enable local communities to cope better with adverse impacts of climate change.
Distribution Equity in Natural Resources
The Distributional Equity project objective was to promote fair access to environmental benefits for poverty reduction and sound natural resource management.
Legislative Representation in Environment and Natural Resources in Malawi
This project sought to open political space for constituencies to use their legislators to effectively represent their environment and natural resources interests. This project is implemented with funding and technical support from World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC.