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Protecting Malawi’s Wildlife

2 March 2015

Categories: Homepage News, Lilongwe news, Wildlife Trade News

Twelve months on from the launch of Malawi’s biggest ever wildlife campaign, ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’, and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and supported by the Born Free Foundation, continues to work tirelessly to protect the country’s delicate wildlife.

The ‘Stop Wildlife Crime: Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign aims to see “wildlife issues at the top of the agenda; Government to make commitments and stick to them; authorities to enforce the law and communities to steer clear of wildlife crime and be inspired to protect their natural heritage”, Jonathan Vaughan, General Manager of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, tells us.

But this is not all, key highlights in Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime over the last year include:

  1. ‘Stop Wildlife Crime:  Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign launched in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  Funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 
  2. Inter-Agency Committee to Combat Wildlife Crime (IACCWC) established.
  3. Illegal wildlife trade assessment completed for Malawi in accordance with the UNODC Toolkit on Wildlife and Forest Crime.  Funded by GIZ and run in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.
  4. Legal review of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 2004 underway to strengthen legislation and appraise compliance with CITES Legislation Project.
  5. Wildlife Policy Review in progress. Funded by the UNDP Global Environment Facility.
  6. Law enforcer training programme commenced.  Supported by RSPCA through DEFRA/DFID Challenge Fund grant.
  7. National Elephant Action Plan kick off as part of the Elephant Protection Initiative.  Funded by Stop Ivory and supported by Wildlife Conservation Society and local partners including Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.
  8. Record sentences handed out to poachers and wildlife traffickers including the biggest custodial sentences to date and maximum fines of MK 1,000,000.
  9. Moratorium on the domestic trade in ivory in Malawi enforced in Sept 2014 as part of Malawi’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative.
  10. Ivory inventory completed in accordance with CITES requirements and as part of the Elephant Protection Initiative.

His Excellency, Mr Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner to Malawi commended the work of the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime: Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign, saying that “Malawi’s commitment to the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade has been noticed in the UK and elsewhere. Obviously more needs to be done, including more involvement by the public, toughening law enforcement and seriously addressing corruption. But if there is demonstrable commitment, then Malawi will have friends in support.”

Whilst these achievements deserve congratulations the team at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust know that there is still a long way to go, Malawi and the world is facing a wildlife crisis. It is therefore fitting that the UN has selected “Wildlife Crime is Serious” as the theme for tomorrow’s World Wildlife Day.

If you would like to get involved take part in the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s 2015 Poster Competition.

Simply use the words ‘Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ or ‘Titeteze chilengedwe chathu’ (this means Protect Malawi’s Wildlife in Chichewa, the local language) on a poster and write, draw or design whatever you want! You could show how wonderful Malawi’s wildlife is, warn would-be poachers that wildlife crime is serious or ask the government to take action.

  1. Submit your design on A4 paper;
  2. The categories are under 14 years; and 14 years and over;
  3. Both hand drawn and computer graphic designs are welcome;
  4. Please send entries to kate@lilongwewildlife.org; and include your name, age, school (if relevant), address, contact number and email address;
  5. The deadline for entries is 13th April 2015;
  6. The winners will announced on the 20th April 2015;
  7. Prizes: The top 10 overseas entries will receive a t-shirt.

If you would like to read more about wildlife crime please visit:

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/further-activities/illegal-wildlife-trade/

www.malawiwildlife.org

 

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