With the African Swimways Initiative we want to start a movement of people and organisations working together across Africa to save migratory fish and free flowing rivers. The ambition is to get this theme on the political agenda and create commitment to make change. We are creating a supportive network of organisations, practitioners and managers. We want to provide our network with relevant information and tools that they can be used to implement projects that can open up and restore rivers for migratory fish. We are also working with local partners in our network to create public awareness with the vision to influence policy.
What we do for Africa:
- Swimway network: Create and drive a supportive network in order to help organisations, practitioners, managers across Africa to share knowledge and inspire one another;
- Free products and information: Provide the Swimway network with free information and tools that they can be used to support their activities that lead to opening up and restore rivers for migratory fish and people;
- Create awareness to influence policy: Stimulate the Swimway network to create awareness in their local regions and inspire action to influence policy;
- Start projects that open up rivers: Help the Swimway network to start projects that open up and restore free flowing rivers for migratory fish and people.
Who we are:
A partnership of multiple organisations are working together to protect rivers. The African Swimways initiative is a partnership between World Fish Migration Foundation, Reaching Rivers, University of Mpumalanga, SANParks, Oak Consultants and BOKU University.
Our current activities:
- Love flows in Africa: World Fish Migration Day 2020 Live streaming of hubs and African events (24 October 2020)
- Future of river connectivity in Africa webinar (12 November 2020)
- Launch the African Swimways Initiative with an Advisory group: connecting and supporting our network together (23 October 2020)
- African Swimways network group: setting up a mailing group where people can share information and news from across the continent. Sign up for our newsletter here
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Above photo: Fish species in Southern Africa (c) Wilco de Bruijne