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.

New Documents
  • Conference of Parties 19 (COP 19) is around the corner, read more
  • Tight cereal supplies and greater emergency food assistance needs expected, Food Security alert September 2013 read more
  • BUSHFIRES IN MALAWI: Making Land Management Unsustainable read more
  • National Forestry Season Still continues


    The National Forestry Season is still running until 15th April, 2014, it is everyone's responsibility. Plant now and save livesTheme for the 2013/14 season: My forest - My life


  • PRESS RELEASE: African CSOs Want Climate Change Induced Migration, Agriculture difficulties Addressed in Warsaw

    Lake Chilwa: Most valued wetland in Malawi wetland Drying Lake Chilwa due to pressure

    World Wetlands Day: We are here again to remind you of this important day in our country as well as the world. 2nd February each year is World Wetlands Day and Malawi will join the rest of the world in commemorating the day through a panel discussion organized by CEPA and Department of National Parks and WildLife. This Year's theme is “WETLANDS AND AGRICULTURE: PARTNERS FOR GROWTH
    Visit our face book page for more details on the panel discussion
    In Malawi wetland provide the basis for human survival and development. Most communities in Malawi depend in wetlands for their livelihoods……….click to continue

    Despite this importance, most wetlands in Malawi have been threatened and risk drying like Lake Chilwa among others. With increasing effects of climate change, human population and acceleration of development, the demand for wetland ecosystem services is likely to grow, unfortunately, wetland will not be able to provide such services. Other wetlands in Malawi include Marshes of Ruwenya Hills, Marshes of Fort Hill Plain, Wetlands of South Rukuru River, lake Malawi, Lake Chilwa, The shire Marshes and Lake Chiuta.
    World wetland Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens commemorate this day to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.