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

Chicago bulls

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

Dr Titoh

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

Hardwick Kametah

Something we r proud of

Mabattery a mlakho

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

timothy mandambwe

Lyo! lyo! lyo! lyo! BOMAAAA ILOOOOOOOO.


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?


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


#2, what is your point moron?


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

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