Mutharika assured of $100m for conservation efforts: Decorated in US

Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday received special recognition for his role in signing the 2014 Arusha Declaration on Regional Conservation and Combating Wildlife/Environmental Crime and pledged that his administration will enhance measures aimed at preserving the country’s natural resources to prevent them from extinction.

Mutharika making a keynote address

Mutharika making a keynote address

President Mutharika with guests at the dinner

President Mutharika with guests at the dinner

President Mutharika received the recognition and gave a keynote address at the Hart Senate Building in Washington DC at the Congressional International Conservation dinner hosted in honour of two African heads of state.

Mutharika has since accepted the challenge to lead other African countries in the fight against the depletion of natural resources and wildlife crime.

Making his keynote address as the principal speaker of the night, President Mutharika said as Malawi’s high population density is a crucial factor in the significant human pressure on biological resources and protected areas.

“As the human population increases, the pressure to over-harvest forest and biodiversity resources, and to convert land for cultivation, will increase,” he said.

“This is why addressing conservation issues, and sustainable use of natural resources, in the face of rapid population growth, is one of Malawi’s greatest challenges” he added.

He said population growth has increased pressure on Malawi’s forest reserves, which have to provide charcoal to fuel the urban communities.

“To address this problem, my government, embarked on a community based conservation drive. We believe that a successful management of natural resources should engage the people who are affected, and in so doing they can participate in setting or changing rules, that can protect the environment,” Mutharika disclosed.

Mutharika said these efforts seek to find ways of strengthening community engagement and benefit sharing from the management of national parks and forest reserves.

The Malawi President added that progress in recent years has been impressive – citing for example, the Department of Forestry, which he said is expanding the use of Participatory Forest Management, as an approach, for engaging local communities in the management of forest reserves, and importantly, in sharing the benefits from such management.

“This approach has been supported by the World Bank in the Shire River Basin Management Program. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has introduced a financial mechanism that enables benefit sharing of revenues, from the parks (for example from concession and gate fees) with local communities, and this mechanism is now under operation at some conservation areas.”

Speaking earlier, Dr. Naoko Ishii, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility said the organization will in June this year, approve funding of about $100 million to help in the fight against wildlife crime in African countries.

Dr Ishii said Malawi will lead a group of several countries that will use these funds to preserve the remaining protected wildlife which exists in Africa.

The dinner was attended by members of the US Congress, members of conservation organization, Parliamentarians from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi among other African countries.

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17 thoughts on “Mutharika assured of $100m for conservation efforts: Decorated in US”

  1. ayatula says:

    ayatollah put the resources for the intended purpose don’t abuse.

  2. Chicago bulls says:

    Intergent president we were expecting before election last year.osati zinazi zothawa nkhosa za Ambuye angathandize chiani watsala pang^ono kumezedwa ndi Nsomba

  3. Dr Titoh says:

    Thats it mr P im behind u ampemphen amenewo atigaile zimene amatibela

  4. Something we r proud of

  5. What about the depletion of Chikangawa by your Mulli and fellow lomwe bastards?Hypocrites!

  6. timothy mandambwe says:

    Lyo! lyo! lyo! lyo! BOMAAAA ILOOOOOOOO.

  7. chigawenga says:

    what about the ivory that was intercepted in Australia why are you being a hypocrite selling ivory on the black market and yet you are tooting a conservation horn?

  8. Kandapako says:

    Musayesetu kuti $100 million ndi yanu yokhatu ai. It is for several African countries.

  9. Chibwe says:

    #2, what is your point moron?

  10. Peter you were suppose to stand up as well kukalamba eti, uli pwiii pampando

  11. Kadakwiza says:

    @ Enock, which boma are you talking about. Malawians are dying in South Africa because of your useless boma. DPP brought the highest unemployment in Malawi. You are useless as your boma.

  12. ujeni says:

    Bodza lenileni, trying to hard to look like he is working. Come back and sit in your office.

  13. angoni says:

    Boma ilo, all the best

  14. Mucracker_2 says:

    Kajosolo are you trying to divert from the story? We are talking of Malawi here. Just last week you said the president was going just for a leisure visit. After being proven wrong you are attacking everyone including the reporter of the Article? What has the flag had to do with President Museveni? Do you know whether he was presented by a minister or attended in person.

  15. Fomboni Islanders says:

    Prophet Sinodeni will never be recognise by his own kinsmen like the Mtambo who travels to UN just to say bad of profet Sinodeni. Shame on you CSOs in Malawi. Nkhani yabwino iyi koma a Malawi osamba zothokoza APM. Koma mukamva kuti ma Americans amthamangitsa APM pa mtsonkhano, ndiye tsamba lino litazaza kale mwenso muli tsamba la 7. Athakati inu eti. When God blesses you no body can say no. APM keep shining out there. Be proud of your president he knows even how to be photographed.

  16. Kajosolo nn says:

    Can someone say something on the presence of Ugandan flag along the Malawian ????? That’s really indicates the presence of Uganda but the author of this article decided to ignore that and just highlighting the Drunkard shame on you……

  17. ENOCH says:

    BOMA ILOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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