Our partner in Malawi has set up a scheme to ensure that your money benefits Malawi and its people. It is called:

Payment for Ecosystem Services. PES
We believe that a core element of sustainable travel is actively ensuring the future protection of the areas you visit. Malawi offers a beautiful and diverse landscape of mountains, forests, rivers and lakes and we want to keep it this way. To protect this diversity both for Malawians and international visitors we are committed to supporting efforts to ensure the protection of Malawi's ecosystems through our 'Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme.' (PES).

What is PES? 1.5% of your holiday cost will go towards paying for the conservation, protection and enhancement of the ecosystem services you will benefit from during your stay in Malawi. For example your walks through the lush rainforest in central Malawi, your clean water swim in Lake Malawi or your hike up the forested slopes of Mount Mulanje.

Where does this donation go? In 2010 all PES donations will go towards an organisation (Ripple Africa) based in Northern Malawi which is working to combat upland deforestation. Lowland areas of Malawi are beginning to suffer drought as a result from upland deforestation and Ripple Africa is tackling these issues through educating and aiding community based grassroots initiatives. Please click here for further information about Ripple Africa's environmental projects.

Why are our forests so important? Protecting Malawi's forests ensures the conservation of biodiversity, the generation of rainfall and the protection of watersheds and their soils. Just like a water company, forests provide critical life services for the benefit of humanity and the services have to be paid for if their provision is to remain sustainable. The global benefit of forests is that they sequester and store carbon, fundamental to global efforts to mitigate climate change. Some of the 1.5% donation towards Ripple Africa's environmental work therefore goes directly towards offsetting your carbon footprint made during your travels to Malawi.

Key Fact: 90% of Malawians rely on rain-fed agriculture.

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