Improving rural livelihoods at three Malawian Important Bird Areas


Duration: 2012 – 2014

Funded by: NORAD

Implemented by: Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM, BirdLife in Malawi) in conjunction with the Norwegian Ornithological Society (NOF).

Malawi is a biodiversity-rich country but is also one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest population densities in Africa. As a result, the pressure on natural resources, particularly those in its remaining protected areas, is high. The project is actively involving communities in and around three IBAs in Malawi to become partners in conservation. Capacity and an enabling environment is created for making and executing conservation plans and making decisions on how natural resources in their area are sustainably used for the livelihoods of local people.

The goal of the project is to prevent the loss of natural resources and secure the conservation of birds, sites and habitats through working with local people. The project is undertaking biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods for rural communities around three IBAs (Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, Kasungu National Park, and Ntchisi Forest Reserve) and advocating for national recognition of IBAs as protected areas.

The specific project objectives are:

  1. Improved governance structures in and around the IBAs.
  2. Improved community-based natural resources management.
  3. Monitoring bird species and habitats.
  4. Increased incomes from NRM-based enterprise development.