Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA)


Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) is a not for profit public interest non-governmental organization registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2002. CEPA seeks to contribute to the development of environment and natural resources management best practices in Malawi and the Southern Africa Region.

As a think tank organization, CEPA provides advice and conducts research in environment and natural resources management policies and legislation with a view to designing appropriate interventions for promoting sustainable environment and natural resources management.

Our work concentrates on sound environmental governance; in this respect, issues of accountability, institutional strengthening and representation are at the core of our activities.

  • Good production from a well managed wetland

    Every year since 1971, on 2nd February, countries all over the world, including Malawi, commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands. This year, various activities have been organized throughout the country under the 2015 theme “Wetlands For Our Future” and focus will be on the Youth. Visit our Face Book page for WWD events happening around the country

    Commemorating World Wetlands Day

    The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, also known as the Ramsar Convention, defines wetlands to include flood plains, marshes, swamps, lakes and perennial rivers. In Malawi typical examples, include Kasungu Plain, Vwaza Marsh, Elephant Marsh, Mpatsanjoka Dambo, Shire River, Bua River, Lake Chilwa, and Limphasa swamps.
    The future of humanity lies in the wetlands. In Malawi, human survival and development is highly dependent on wetlands. Wetlands provide a multitude of benefits, including filtering and replenishing our water, providing food, and mitigating climate change. As long as there is continued human population growth and acceleration of development, the demand for wetland ecosystem services is likely to grow.
    Unfortunately, if people continue to disregard their importance, wetlands will not be able to provide such services in future. Join us in this year as Government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and citizens all come together to commemorate this day and to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.
    Click here for the presentations made at the National Dialogue for Wetland Policy on Thursday, 20th November, 2014.

    1. Wetlands Key Note Address
    2. Wetlands Ramsar Convention presentation by DNPW
    3. Wetland situation analysis for Malawi CISANET presentation by SAMBO 20 11 2014


  • The Management and staff of CEPA wish to congratulate His Lordship Honorable Justice Frank E. Kapanda for being appointed as Supreme Court of Appeal Judge; and Professor Ephraim Chirwa for attaining full professorship. Hon Justice Kapanda is CEPA Trustee; while Professor Chirwa is CEPA Board Chairman. This is not a mini achievement. CEPA believes that these achievements will strengthen their support to the organization.

    Hon Justice Kapanda Professor Ephraim Chirwa

  • The rains are finally here, and it is time for all of us to plant and grow trees as we celebrate the festive season. Let us all remember the National Tree Planting Season between 15th December 2014 and 15th April 2015. IT IS