Stop Wildlife Crime Blog

  • LENGWE LOGGERS PUT BEHIND BARS

    35 men – including 2 Chinese, 22 Mozambican and 1 Mozambican-Portuguese National – were yesterday each sentenced to up to 18 months behind bars in Malawi’s largest ever recorded illegal logging case.  Confiscated equipment was also forfeited to the Malawi Government, which was valued at approximately $500,000 and included six tractors, a fork lift truck, a ...

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  • ZEBRA GETS SNARE REMOVED THANKS TO OUR WILDLIFE VET

    Our Head Veterinarian and Wildlife Emergency Rescue Unit (WERU) Manager, Dr. Amanda Lee Salb, was recently called out to Kuti Wildlife Reserve to remove a snare from a Zebra. After the team tracked him down, she was able to sedate him and remove the snare wire. Back on his feet and back in the wild ...

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  • LWT HOLDS WILDLIFE ACT WORKSHOP FOR MALAWI’S MAGISTRATES

      Lilongwe Wildlife Trust recently held a judiciary workshop to discuss the revised Wildlife Act and the role of magistrates in protecting wildlife. The 2-day workshop was funded by GIZ and took place in Mangochi in the South of Malawi with 33 magistrates in attendance. Presenters included two high court judges, senior counsel members and wildlife ...

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  • 5 1/2 YEARS FOR IVORY TRAFFICKER

      The courts are continuing to take a tough line on wildlife crimes in Malawi, passing down custodial sentences with no option of a fine.  It’s also another encouraging result, for our new public-private litigation initiative (the first being the Zambia army captain last week). Mandala Chirwa, pictured, was sent to prison for 5.5 years for possession and dealing ...

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  • ‘SPOT ON’ IVORY BURN COVERAGE FROM THE DAILY TIMES

    The Daily Times dedicated page 3 and their editorial comment to the ivory stockpile issues yesterday, coming down firmly on the side of burning with a clear, factual message to their readers: that it is entirely impossible to sell this ivory.  Please see the editorial comment below and click on the links below for further ...

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  • MALAWI’S IVORY BURN DEBATE RE-IGNITED

    As Kenya set light to 105 tonnes of ivory this weekend, Malawi’s civil society organisations revived local debate on the fate of their country’s ivory stockpiles. Malawi’s government currently holds around 4.1 tonnes of ivory in its stockpiles, almost all of which has been seized from wildlife criminals. Its destruction was originally scheduled for April 2015 ...

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  • President Mutharika launches video clip against poaching and illegal wildlife trade

    Published on Mana Online on 15th April 2016 Written by Kondwani Magombo Lilongwe, April 15, 2016: President Professor Peter Mutharika has stressed that his government will prioritize protection of wildlife and that it will ensure the country’s natural resources are not plundered for the profit of the few. Mutharika said this on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe ...

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  • Mutharika speaks against wildlife crime: Action needed, diplomats to Malawi urge

    Published online at Nyasa Times on 15th April 2016. Protection of wildlife and nature is a core function that supports economic growth through opportunities found in key sectors that survive on biodiversity, says President Arthur Peter Mutharika. He was speaking on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace when he launched a video on poaching and illegal wildlife trade. “I believe that ...

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  • MALAWI PRESIDENT FRONTS STOP WILDLIFE CRIME FILM

    Malawi again indicated its strong resolve to combat illegal wildlife trade today, with the launch of a short film in support of the nation’s campaign to ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’. In the film, President H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika leads fifteen foreign Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls to tell citizens, residents and visitors to Malawi that ...

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  • STIFFER PENALTIES FOR MALAWI’S WILDLIFE CRIMINALS BY JULY

    Published on allafrica.com Authorities have indicated that wildlife criminals can expect stiffer penalties from July onwards, thanks to progress made on the amendment bill for the National Parks & Wildlife Act (NPWA). Legislation was highlighted as a key weakness in combatting wildlife crime by Malawi’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Review published in May 2015, and whilst a full ...

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  • LAWI SUPPORTS IVORY BURNING

    Originally published in The Nation (MW) newspaper on 16th march 2016. Written by Yvonnie Sundu   Award winning musician, Lawi, says he supports Malawi’s move to burn 2.9 tons of ivory smuggled from Tanzania. Justifying his comments on the matter, Lawi said music and culture go together. “Music, culture and wildlife have a very strong connection. You remember as kids, ...

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  • DAILY TIMES SAYS NO TO SELLING IVORY

    Great to see the Editor of the Daily Times (Malawi) speak out against the selling of Malawi’s ivory in yesterday’s editorial comment section. Malawi Government yesterday burnt 781 pieces of ivory following a High Court order in Mzuzu made on March 2 2016. The pieces came from elephants from Tanzania and Mozambique according to Director of ...

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  • UK GRANTS K310 MILLION FOR WILDLIFE CRIME INVESTIGATION

    A specialized Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit is being introduced in Malawi, thanks to funding from the British Government. Read the Daily Times coverage below, the British High Commission press release here and read the LWT/IFAW joint press release here.  Photo from left to right: H.E. Michael Nevin, British High Commissioner, Chiza Manda, Deputy Director, DNPW and Jonny ...

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  • MZUZU IVORY BURN: WHAT’S THE STORY?

    LWT witnessed the destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory today – that’s equivalent to around 390 poached elephants.  This came about as a result of a court order from the Mzuzu case, and is not the hotly debated disposal of the 4+ tonne Government stockpile.  Confused?  Here’s some clarification: What is ‘the Mzuzu case’? In 2013, two ...

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  • WORLD WILDLIFE DAY PANEL DISCUSSION

    In honour of World Wildlife Day, a panel discussion was hosted by the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus. The panel of experts discussed the wildlife and environmental issues affecting Malawi and how to move forward to improve the future of Malawi. Participants MPCC co-chairs (Hon Chilenga, Hon Major, Hon Nkungula) Government representative: Mr Brighton Kumchedwa, DNPW Director Happy Mkandawire, Director ...

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  • AMBASSADORS TO MALAWI JOIN STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    In commemoration of World Wildlife Day 2016, H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, and 14 Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls have pledged their support for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, which is a joint initiative between the Government of Malawi and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. They have joined together ...

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  • HIGH COURT OKAYS GOVERNMENT TO BURN TZ IVORY

    Originally published in The Nation newspaper on 3rd March 2016. Written by George Singini. The High Court in Mzuzu has given the Malawi Government a go ahead to burn 781 pieces of ivory which Tanzania wanted to use in a criminal case against its nationals. The order comes after Tanzania failed to make an application to extend ...

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  • PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA BACKS MALAWI’S STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    Published on Africa Geographic and AllAfrica.com. See local coverage in the Nation and Daily Times newspapers here and the UN reaction here.  See photos of the ambassadors and high commissioners here. In honour of World Wildlife Day, H.E. Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, pledged his support for the nation’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, ...

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  • BUMPER WWD COVERAGE FOR STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

    We’re chuffed today as we’ve managed to score double page spreads in both the national newspapers today ahead of World Wildlife Day. Check out the Daily Times article below, and read the Nation’s article here.   MALAWI CAMPAIGNS TO STOP WILDLIFE CRIME Published in The Daily Times on 2nd March 2016 The theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day ...

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  • UN Praises Malawi’s Stop Wildlife Crime Campaign

    A statement from the UN in Malawi The government of Malawi and the diplomatic community have been supporting the fight against illegal wildlife trade through the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign, a joint initiative between the Department of National Parks & Wildlife and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  This campaign is a welcome development, as it raises awareness ...

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  • China Supports Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign

    Originally published in National Geographic Voices on 23rd December 2015 By H.E. Zhang Qingyang, Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi The Chinese government has regarded ecological civilization as an important pillar for national development. We have attached great importance to the protection of iconic species such as the elephant, which is at risk of extinction as a ...

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  • CHINA PLEDGES TO HELP PROTECT MALAWI’S WILDLIFE

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 23rd November 2015 In a move that demonstrates China’s increasing commitment to support wildlife conservation initiatives in Africa, the Chinese Embassy in Malawi has joined the country’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign.  The commitment came at a wildlife awareness workshop in Lilongwe that was attended by over 70 leading Chinese businessmen ...

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  • Malawi declares war on game poacher, wildlife illegal dealers

    Originally published in Nyasa Times on 9th November 2015   Malawi Government says it has hired 100 people in the ministry of Wildlife and Natural Resources to boost its personnel in the war against illegal game poaching and wildlife destruction. Director of Wildlife Brighton Kunchedwa said some of the newly recruited staff will now be manning points of ...

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  • Malawi inspires UK’s animal campaigners

    Originally published in The Nation Online on October 12, 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire   Thousands of animal welfare campaigners took to the streets in various cities around the world last week asking governments to take necessary action to stop illegal wildlife trade which is increasingly threatening elephants and rhinos, among other animals, with extinction.   One of the biggest ...

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  • POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED: ‘Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’, ‘Titeteze chilengedwe chathu’

    In the lead up to the World Wildlife Day celebrations we issued a worldwide poster competition in which participants were asked to put pen to paper and create A4 posters using the phrase ‘Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ or ‘Titeteze chilengedwe chathu’. The aim of the competition was to spread awareness of the issues put forward by ...

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  • MALAWI GETS TOUGH ON WILDLIFE CRIME AT HOME AND ABROAD

    Photo by Kim Haughton courtesy UN

    Originally published by Environment News Service on 1st October 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka Malawian stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations alike gathered Monday to focus on forestry and wildlife governance, especially the increasing cases of illegal hardwood exports and ivory trafficking that continue to surge. With more than 50 participants, the September 28 meeting was funded and ...

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  • LWT ORGANISES WILDLIFE & FORESTRY GOVERNMENCE CONFERENCE

    The Conference on Wildlife and Forestry Governance was organised by LWT and CEPA and funded by UNDP and the ICCF Group. It was attended by 50+ representatives from the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus, development partners, CSO’s and the Departments of Wildlife, Forestry, Energy, Environmental Affairs and Foreign Affairs. This forum addressed forestry and wildlife governance issues ...

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  • NEW CONSERVATION CAUCUS BACKS DESTRUCTION OF MALAWI’S IVORY STOCKPILES

    The newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus has vowed to back Malawi’s efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade, including support for the destruction of ivory stockpiles. In a media address following the Conference on Wildlife and Forestry Governance on Monday, Hon Alex Major, MP for Kasungu West and co-chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus, ...

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  • To burn or not to burn: controversy of Malawi ivory  

    PUBLISHED IN THE NATION NEWSPAPER, 24 SEPTEMBER 2015 http://mwnation.com/to-burn-or-not-to-burn-controversy-of-malawi-ivory/ President Peter Mutharika’s intention to destroy the country’s $7.5 million (K4.5 billion) worth of ivory stockpile has opened a barrage of counterarguments, but the burning issue is not ‘why not just sell the contraband for the good of the ailing economy?’ Rather, ask: Where will the government vend ...

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  • OVER 80,000 SIGNATURES FOR PETITION TO STRENGTHEN MALAWI WILDLIFE ACT

    An online petition calling for harsher sentences for wildlife crimes in Malawi has racked up an amazing 81,000 signatures…and counting! The petition was initiated off the back of a disappointing sentence for two brothers in Mzuzu who were given a mere $5500 fine for smuggling two and a half tons of elephant tusks. If you’d like to ...

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  • ANOTHER IVORY BURN POSTPONED

    A joint press release from Department of National Parks & Wildlife and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust: 19th September 2015. The planned destruction of 2.6 tonnes of ivory was blocked yesterday by Tanzanian authorities who argued the tusks were needed as evidence for prosecution of suspected poachers. The ivory in question had been seized by Malawi Revenue Authority in ...

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  • Mixed reactions on ivory case sentence

    Published in The Daily Times, Malawi on Monday August 10th 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka There are mixed reactions following the recent High Court ruling on illegal ivory trafficking case involving Patrick and Chauncy Kaunda. The two brothers pleaded guilty to charges of illegal possession of specimens of endangered species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. It has ...

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  • Malawi gets ‘serious’ about wildlife crime

    Published on Environmental News Service on Sunday 9th August 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka The harshest sentences ever handed down for wildlife crimes in Malawi are still too light, said the chairman of the newly formed Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus at the MPCC’s launch ceremony August 3 in Lilongwe. Two brothers were each fined MK2.5 million (US$5,500) for trafficking ...

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  • BAMBINO SCHOOL PERFORM FOR THE PRESIDENT

    Congratulations to the children of Bambino School – Tamandani Mgoli Mwale, Jacqueline Hara, Pemphero Phiri and Malumbo Luhanga – for their fabulous performance at the launch of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.  Theirs was the opening act!  Also thanks to the hard work of the teachers, Andrew Mkolongo and Peter Dzinkambani. The ceremony was held at Parliament ...

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  • LWT ASSISTS WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE MPCC

    On Monday 3rd August 2015, the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (MPCC) was officially launched by His Excellency, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi.  Lilongwe Wildlife Trust sat on the organising committee for the launch and subsequent conference, and we were honoured to be included in this historic occasion. WHAT IS THE MPCC? The Malawi Parliamentary Conservation ...

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  • APM Vows To Fight Wildlife Crime

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 4th August 2015 Written by Jacob Nankhonya   President Peter Mutharika has vowed to fight against any person found perpetrating actions that contradict with conservation of wildlife and natural resources in Malawi. Speaking during the launch of the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus in Lilongwe yesterday, the President said his commitment will help stop ...

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  • Court Orders Burning of K4.5bn ivory

    Published in The Daily Time Malawi on Friday 31st July 2015 Written by MacDonald Thom   The High Court in Mzuzu on Tuesday ordered the burning of 781 pieces of ivory which two brothers in Rumphi were keeping. The brothers, Patrick and Chancy Kaunda, on 30th April pleaded guilty to charges of ivory trade and money laundering and were ...

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  • Brothers Fined K5m Over Ivory Trade, Money Laundering

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 31st July 2016 Written by George Singini   Two brothers will pay K5 million ($10,000) between then or in default serve seven years in prison for being caught with 2.6 tonnes of ivory which compelled President Peter Mutharika to postpone the burning of a $7.5 million (about K3.8 billion) stash in April. The ...

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  • Malawi-Zambia Wildlife Treaty Signed

    Taken from Peace Parks Foundation Newsflash July 2015 Treaty establishing the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) signed Marking another major step in southern Africa’s transfrontier conservation development, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Malawi, Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika, and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 7 July ...

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  • 2015 Elephant Census Shows Worrying Decline

    The government of Tanzania have this week revealed that their elephant populations have declined by a staggering 60% in the last five years. As much as 85,000 elephants are likely to have been killed in Tanzania during this period, largely directly related to the rampant supply and demand of the illegal ivory trade. In the ...

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  • MALAWI LAUNCHES ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE ASSESSMENT

    Press release: Wednesday 13th May 2015   Malawi reached another milestone in its fight against wildlife crime today with the launch of a technical review on illegal wildlife trade. The report was produced on behalf of Department of National Parks & Wildlife by GIZ (as part of the German Cooperation Programme), Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, the Born Free Foundation and the International Environmental Law Project, and ...

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  • Malawi ivory case: Sentencing set for June 16

    Published in The Nation online on 7th May 2015 Written by George Singini   The High Court in Mzuzu has set June 6 2015 as the date when judge Dingiswayo Madise will deliver his ruling in a case where the State want the court to give a K4.5 billion (US$10 465 116) fine and 18 years jail term ...

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  • IVORY IS WORTHLESS. OUR ELEPHANTS ARE IMMENSELY VALUABLE.

    Published in The Nation on Friday 24th April 2015 Written by Clement Manjaalera, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust   The decision to postpone the ivory burn earlier this month caused heated debate, with many commentators missing the point.  The internet was set alight with calls to cash in on the apparent ‘millions’ that Malawi could make from selling instead of burning ...

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  • IVORY STOCKPILE STORAGE: A FINANCIAL BURDEN TO MALAWI

    Published in Malawi News on Saturday 3rd May 2015 Written by Sophie Gomani   Government says it risks incurring more financial burdens if it continues to store its seized ivory stockpiles. Due to the global ban on ivory trade, Malawi is not allowed to sell its ivory stockpiles; therefore making them of no economic value to the country. However as ...

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  • Ivory Is Worthless, Elephants Are Invaluable: Why Malawi’s Ivory Is Not For Sale

    Originally published on National Geographic, 30th April 2015 Written by Jonathan Vaughan   On April 2, Malawi’s planned destruction of its ivory stockpile was postponed. Despite clear assurances from President Peter Mutharika himself that the burn will go ahead following the conclusion of an outstanding court case, the decision caused heated debate. Social media and online chat forums set alight, with ...

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  • POACHERS POISON ELEPHANTS FOR IVORY

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire & Rebecca Chimjeka   While government uses armed game rangers to fight elephant poaching, the people committing the crime in and around Liwonde National Park have advised another way of killing the beasts softly- by poisoning them. Although the extent of threat posed to the population ...

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  • ‘Speed up privatisation of park’

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 Written by Lucky Mkandawire   Communities around Liwonde National Park in Machinga and Balaka have pleaded with government to expedite the privatisation of the park to spare them and their property from harm. The area has had growing cases of conflicts between wildlife, particularly elephants, and villagers which have resulted ...

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  • ‘The seized ivory is worthless to Malawi’

      Published in The Nation newspaper on 18th April 2015 ‘Hard Talk On Saturday’   Malawi made the headlines when it announced that it would destroy ivory confiscated from illegal traders. But, since it announced the postponement of the same, a number of questions are being raised, ranging from whether destroying the stockpile may end the problem, or whether ...

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  • Educational Visit to Southern Malawi

    Last week some of our team took a trip to the southern part of Malawi to increase awareness on illicit wildlife crime, and to encourage Malawians to get involved in the fight against it. A presentation was successfully delivered to 22 senior officers at Chileka Airport from departments including Airport staff, Air Cargo, Civil Aviation and ...

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  • Much ado about illegal ivory

    Published in The Nation on Friday 3rd April 2015 Written by Alick Nyasulu   So we got the wildlife debate started. The media of all kinds has been awash with debate on the expected burning of ivory said to be worth some millions of the green dollar. Somehow, I felt it showed the perceptions of the general public ...

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  • Ivory Not For Sale – APM

    Published in The Nation on Friday 3rd April 2015 Written by Suzgo Kunga and Paida Kadzakumanja   President Peter Mutharika yesterday stated that government has no plans to sell the ivory which was earmarked for destruction until the last-minute intervention yesterday. Since government announced plans to burn the ivory valued at $5 million (K2.1 billion), there have been calls ...

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  • MALAWI WALKS FOR WILDLIFE BUT IVORY BURN IS POSTPONED

    PRESS RELEASE Today’s commemorations of World Wildlife Day in Malawi went ahead but without the burning of the 4 tonne ivory stockpile. Last night, a Government announcement was made that today’s ivory burn was postponed, citing the need to include an additional 2.6 tonnes of ivory which is currently being held as court evidence. A new ...

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  • IVORY BURN POSTPONED

    This evening we have been informed by the Government that Malawi’s commemorations of World Wildlife Day shall go ahead, however the burning of the ivory has been postponed. I’m afraid we cannot comment at this stage, we will make a further statement shortly.

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  • Malawi Plans Torching Four Tons Ivory

    Published in Zodiak Online on 31st March 2015 Written by Winstone Kaimira A wild life conservation organization has hailed the plan by the Malawi government to destroy four tons of ivory by fire saying this was a clear demonstration of commitment to dealing with elephant poaching for their tasks in protected nature reserves in the country. President Peter ...

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  • Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week – and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation

    Published in The Independent (online) Sunday 29th March 2015 Written by Simon Barnes   The world’s poorest country is to make the world’s most expensive bonfire. On Thursday, Malawi will set fire to ivory worth more than £5m, in an extravagant gesture designed to demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation and the fight against the colossal worldwide business ...

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  • When fires say no to illegal ivory trade

    Published in The Sunday Times Malawi, 29th March 2015. Written by Charles Mkoka   Africa countries have resorted to fire to say no to the booming illegal Ivory trade on the continent now spreading like a ripple. Torching of ivory stockpiles is sending a strong message to the world that residents are now tired with syndicates that are ...

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  • Malawi: Nation to Celebrate Global Wildlife Day on 2 April

    Published on allafrica.com on 28th March 2015 Written by Linda Likomwa   Lilongwe — Malawi will on 2nd April be celebrating World Wildlife Day, focusing on efforts to protect elephant populations by putting an end to the illegal ivory trade. Kate Moore, Programmes Manager Lilongwe Wildlife Trust said since last year’s launch of the Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s ...

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  • IAN REDMOND CONGRATULATES MALAWI ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF IVORY BURN

    Renowned conservationist, Ian Redmond, OBE, today stepped forward to champion Malawi’s ‘stop wildlife crime’ campaign following the Government’s announcement of its ivory burn this Thursday 2nd April.   Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest ...

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  • MALAWI ANNOUNCES IVORY BURN

    PRESS RELEASE. Embargoed until Saturday 28th March 2015, 9am GMT Today the Government of Malawi announced that they will destroy their ivory stockpiles on Thursday 2nd April.  Head of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to 4 tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest ...

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  • PRESS RELEASE: COMMEMORATION FOR WORLD WILDLIFE DAY, 2ND APRIL 2015

      The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture would like to inform the general public of the commemoration of the World Wildlife Day (WWD). The 68th session of United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd March as World Wildlife Day (WWD) to raise the awareness for the need to ...

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  • One year on: Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime

    The first ever World Wildlife Day was held in March 2014.  We look back on some of the highlights in Malawi’s fight against wildlife crime led by the Department of National Parks & Wildlife…   1.      ‘Stop Wildlife Crime.  Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign launched in partnership with Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.  Funded by Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 2.      7000+ signature ...

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  • CHINA ANNOUNCES ONE-YEAR IVORY BAN

    In response to a recent letter to the president, China yesterday made a ground-breaking announcement: that they have decided to ignite a one year ivory ban. The open letter, signed by celebrities such as David Attenborough and wildlife organisations including Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, called for Xi Jinping to end the country’s trade in ivory to ...

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  • MAKING SOME NOISE

    Just over a week left until World Wildlife Day and we’re making as much noise as possible to highlight Malawi’s cause.  Our ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’ campaign was launched on the first ever World Wildlife Day last year and so much has happened since then.  An assessment has been completed illegal wildlife trade ...

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  • Wildlife offences land culprits custodial sentences

    Published in The Sunday Times Malawi on 15th February 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka It’s been a tough few weeks for wildlife criminals in Malawi.  In the past when a poacher found himself in court he would receive a small fine and a slap on the wrist.  These days he can expect jail. In the past two weeks ...

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  • Malawi stands firm against wildlife crime

    The poaching of Kovu – a serval rescued as an orphan kitten and later released back into the wild – resulted in an impressive win against wildlife criminals.  Kovu was sadly poached back in August 2014 and, last Friday, wildlife criminals received a stark warning when Kasungu magistrates handed out a record sentence. Ganizani Nkhata ...

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  • Justice for Kovu

    Some of you may remember Kovu, a serval that we rescued as an orphaned kitten and rehabilitated ready for release back into the wild last July.  Sadly he was killed by a poacher within just one month of release.  Whilst we always like to keep you informed of the good and bad news we have ...

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  • LWT supports letter against French ivory trade

    As a member of the Species Survival Network we showed our support this week by signing a common letter addressed to the French Minister of Ecology. An increase in trade in elephant ivory in France and an increase of export certificates issued by French authorities had been noticed and French NGO Robin Des Bois decided to take ...

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  • Malawi steps up fight to stop wildlife crime

    Published in The Daily Times on 14th January 2015 Written by Charles Mkoka Across Africa wildlife numbers are dwindling and it is feared that species such as elephants and black rhinoceros could well be extinct within the next decade. In response, the fight to stop wildlife crime is getting hot even here in Malawi, as is exemplified by ...

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  • Malawi may have no elephants by 2025

    Published in The Sunday Times on 4th January 2015 By Sophie Gomani  Unless government takes drastic measures to protect the animals, Malawi will have no elephants by 2025.  Current statistics indicate that elephant numbers in Malawi have dropped by 50 per cent since the 1980s, from 4,000 to about 2,000. And as government plans to carry out ...

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  • KIA ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Messages stepped up

    Published in The Sunday Times on 21st December 2014 By Charles Mkoka ”THE decline of Africa’s elephants will be inexorable until ivory ceases to be a commodity,” Ian Douglas- Hamilton, Founder Save the Elephants. The words ‘Stop Wildlife Crime,’ echoed through the walls of Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) where a campaign to save Malawi’s endangered species (Elephants and ...

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  • ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ Campaign Shortlisted for Award

    We are absolutely thrilled to have had our Stop Wildlife Crime campaign shortlisted for the ‘Social Marketing Initiative of the Year 2014’ award by Malawi’s Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). It’s a huge boost for us; we feel it is such a unique campaign for Malawi and incredibly important to highlight the plight of the country’s wildlife ...

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  • MALAWI GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO THE STOP IVORY PETITION

    Today we joined the Global March for Elephants & Rhinos and handed over 3,768 signatures in a petition to Malawi’s Government asking which asked them to: – Ban all international and domestic ivory trade– Destroy ivory stockpiles– Invest in anti-poaching and border force training– Strengthen and implement strict penalties on all persons involved in the illegal wildlife trade.. You ...

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  • 100’S MARCHED. 3,768 SIGNED OUR PETITION. THE GOVERNMENT LISTENED…THANK YOU EVERYONE!

    Singing, dancing and stopping traffic, Malawi’s marchers showed just how passionate they were about saving the world’s elephants and rhinos this morning. Schools from all over the country came to Lilongwe to join civil society organisations and Parks workers to present a petition to the Government which asked them to: – Ban all international and domestic ivory ...

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  • IVORY PLAY A RADIO HIT

    This play was aired on national radio this week to coincide with the ‘Global March for Elephants & Rhinos’ and it’s receiving rave reviews.  It will also be performed at the march celebrations tomorrow at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and will also be used in the ongoing ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign on other radio stations and through our environmental  education programmes around ...

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  • WE’RE MARCHING FOR ELEPHANTS & RHINOS ON FRIDAY. PLEASE HELP US!

    We have just four days to get as many signatures on this petition as we can. On Friday, hundreds of school children, NGO workers and civil servants will be marching in Malawi to present a petition asking the government to say NO to ivory. We now have confirmation that the Minister and all his heads of ...

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  • Chinese Ivory Smuggler gets K1m Malawi fine

    Published in www.nyasatimes.com on 30th September 2015   A First Grade Magistrate Court in Malawi’s administrative capital Lilongwe has fined a Chinese businessman K1 million or in default serve for smuggling ivory. Axin Shang, 25, was caught last week with an elephant ivory tusk in a suitcase at Kamuzu International Airport. If he is unable to pay the fine ...

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  • ANOTHER IVORY HAUL: CAN MALAWI STEP UP TO FIGHT WILDLIFE CRIME?

    One of the wooden boards inlaid with cubes of ivory

    Last week, 50kg of ivory was confiscated at Malawi’s Kamuzu International Airport.  It had been worked into 2,700 cubes and inlaid into wooden boards destined for China. By Friday a 25 year old Chinese businessman, Axin Shang, was found guilty of ivory trafficking, fined MK1 million (US$2,440) and deported from the country. ‘Considering current legislation it’s encouraging ...

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  • Nation: Impact of ivory trade on tourism

    Malawi’s Nation newspaper highlights the impact of the ivory trade on tourism http://mwnation.com/asian-booming-ivory-trade-affecting-malawi-tourism/

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  • DT editor pushes for harsher punishments for wildlife crime

    In response to the news that a MK1 million fine has been given for ivory trafficking the Daily Times editor responded with his opinion.  

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  • MALAWI IVORY TRAFFICKING CASES MOVE IN RIGHT DIRECTION

    Published on Allafrica.com and Environment News Service. Within a month of the official launch of Malawi’s ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign, several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light.   On Sunday 23 March, 30 kg of ivory bound for Lagos was intercepted at Kamuzu International Airport and were traced to a 38 year old Nigerian national, Nduisi ...

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  • MULTI-AGENCY TASK FORCE TO REDUCE WILDLIFE CRIME

    Reproduced from the Daily Times (Malawi), Friday April 4 2013, article below By Charles Mkoka A multi-agency task force comprising enforcement insitutision has been set up to crackdown cases of wildlife crime in a bid to save endangered and rare species of fauna. The taskforce comes barely weeks after the Department of National Parks & wildlife and Lilongwe ...

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  • MARCHING FOR MALAWI’S WILDLIFE

    Hundreds of supporters turned out to march in aid of the first ever Malawi Wildlife Day last week and what a fun day it was.  Hosted in response to World Wildlife Day which was announced by the United Nations this month, the entourage of government officials, scouts, charity workers and school children was led by ...

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  • MALAWI STEPS UP FOR WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

    Published on African Conservation Foundation Malawi’s first high profile campaign tackling wildlife crime was officially launched on Monday 3rd March, to coincide with World Wildlife Day.  The global event was proclaimed by the United Nations to highlight the intrinsic value and contributions of wild animals and plants and encourage governments, NGO’s and individuals to step up ...

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  • LWC hosts international wildlife trade talks

    Malawi’s experts gathered at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre last week ahead of the International Wildlife Trade Conference, hosted by the UK government in London on 13 February.  The talks will bring together global leaders with the aim of eradicating illegal wildlife trade and better protecting the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. Malawi’s pre-conference ...

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  • Marching for elephants

    On Friday, hundreds of wildlife supporters in the city of Lilongwe joined thousands of others around the world to say NO to ivory. The Malawi march was organised by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Wildlife Action Group and WESM and a whole range of people from Parks scouts to school children and volunteers responded to our call. We ...

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