Rumphi, Lilongwe Wildlife Conservation Trust (LWT) says it will step up its efforts towards conserving and protecting wildlife by engaging local communities around Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve in Rumphi District.
LWT’s Head of Environmental Education and Community Conservation Clement Manjaalera said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA).
He said his organization is implementing a Protected Area Environmental Education Programme (PEEP) that reflects priorities regarding wildlife conservation in Nyika and Vwaza protected areas.
We are targeting Nyika and Vwaza protected areas. We have engaged schools and communities surrounding the protected areas in conserving and protecting wildlife, Manjaalera explained.
Through PEEP Project, Lilongwe Wild Life Conservation Trust is sensitising and teaching local communities around Nyika and Vwaza protected areas in Rumphi on the importance of wildlife.
Manjaalera said through PEEP Project, LWT is committed to promote sustainable livelihoods and ensure that local communities understand the importance of conserving wildlife.
Our objective is to train communities on the importance of conservation of wildlife, he added.
He described the current situation regarding wildlife conservation as pathetic, saying a lot of wildlife has been lost, and thereby negatively affecting the country’s tourism.
Among others, LWT has trained and supported teachers, wildlife club patrons and extension officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) on how they can work together to conserve wildlife.
DNPWextension worker from Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve Patricia Chiwoko commended Lilongwe Wildlife Conservation Trust for intensifying wildlife awareness campaigns amongst local communities.
Protected Area Environmental Education is a two-year project run by Lilongwe Wildlife Conservation Trust (LWT) in Rumphi, Kasungu, Salima and Liwonde in Machinga District.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA