INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)

Malawi Community Project

Extensive wildlife poaching continues to threaten Africa’s endangered elephants, rhinos, and other species. Effective community engagement is critical for the sustainable prevention of poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking and conservation of natural resources.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1024806)

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Campaign target

£31,550

Amount raised

£55,079

Donations

538

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    Helping

Location

Situation

The target group is local communities on the western boundary of Liwonde National Park (Malawi), in the Chikolongo area. The lack of support for communities has discouraged a potential ally in the protection of elephants. Historically local communities have often been at the frontline of human-wildlife conflict, having to deal with the negative impacts of elephants (e.g. crop destruction) with little support.

Solution

IFAW will work with the community to identify livelihood and educational opportunities which make a positive correlation between increased economic opportunities and the need to stop poaching of elephants and human wildlife conflict. We will train people to build and maintain important fencing to protect homes; we will train people to become farmers giving them the skills they need to look after crops, keep bees and maintain irrigation systems.

  • ‚ÄúSince the establishment of the fence in 2014, deaths due to human wildlife conflict have decreased from an average of 3 per month to 0‚Äù

    — Neil Greenwood

  • "Food production from the farm has resulted in a 71% increase in protein consumption over the past three years, while poaching has significantly decreased in the Park"

    — Neil Greenwood

  • "Over 60% of community reports gaining income from the produce grown as a result of the Chikolongo Livelihood Project"

    — Neil Greenwood

  • "Food production from the farm has resulted in a 71% increase in protein consumption over the past three years, while poaching has significantly decreased in the Park"

    — Neil Greenwood

  • “Since the establishment of the fence in 2014, deaths due to human wildlife conflict have decreased from an average of 3 per month to 0”

    — Neil Greenwood

  • "Over 60% of community reports gaining income from the produce grown as a result of the Chikolongo Livelihood Project"

    — Neil Greenwood