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USACOL sources K8.3million for Liwonde National Park conservation

Written by  Sellah Singini


Wild animals need protection - File Photo

Mangochi, April 17: The Upper Shire Association for the Conservation of Liwonde National Park (USACOL) has sourced K8.3million from the United Nations Development Programme-UNDP for the conservation of Liwonde National Park.

The intervention will involve sensitization campaigns to communities around Liwonde National Park on their role and responsibility in taking care of the natural resources/wildlife.

USACOL and Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM), institutions that will be implementing the project, are both under the Coordination Union for the Rehabilitation of the Environment-CURE.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Mangochi on Tuesday, CBNRM National Coordinator, Reginald Mumba said the project was aimed at improving rural communities’ livelihoods through conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity.

“The project will cover Mangochi, Balaka and Machinga where Liwonde National Park stretches. It is expected to start in April and end sometime in December this year,” Mumba said.

“In this project USACOL will be sensitizing communities living around Liwonde National Park to participate in the conservation and management of natural resources. It is a known fact that national parks through natural resources contribute to the country’s national socio – economic development,” Mumba explained.

Speaking at the same meeting, Traditional Authority Chowe was hopeful that the project will help communities surrounding Liwonde National Park to take full responsibility in the conservation and management of natural resources in general and Liwonde National Park in particular.

“There is need to empower communities to conserve and manage natural resources including wild animals because they generate revenue or income for various development projects in our areas,” T/A Chowe said.

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