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Joint conservation plan for Lake Malawi announced at World Summit
Saturday, August 31, 2002

Joint conservation plan for Lake Malawi announced at World Summit

31 August, 2002

Johannesburg, South Africa

The three countries Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania announced a partnership with WWF, the Ramsar Secretariat and the Swiss Agency for the Environment on 31 August in Johannesburg. They will be working on joint management of Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa, as the lake is variously known, on a transboundary basis. The three countries will be supported in ratifying the Ramsar Convention and the designation of their respective parts of the lake as Ramsar sites. The project immediately starts in Tanzania, which has ratified and agreed to protect its part of the lake, Lake Nyassa, as a globally important resource. The lake boasts up to 800 unique fish species found nowhere else in the world. The partnership will be a model for the collaborative management of transboundary rivers and lakes.

 

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