AWARDS & ACCREDITATIONS
We strive for the best of operational standards, reflected in our many awards and accreditations.
In 2012, LWC was the first organisation in the world to receive PAW accreditation from the Born Free Foundation. We worked towards this accreditation for five years and are continually assessed on a number of stringent criteria to retain this award including wildlife welfare, rescue, rehabilitation and release and education and community outreach.
Learn more about the criteria: www.lilongwewildlife.org/paw-accreditation
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre became a fully accredited member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in September 2015, and is only the 2<sup>nd</sup> sanctuary in Africa to pass the accreditation to date. To be awarded the status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit as well as adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is a non-profit organization working to protect Africa’s primates and their habitats. There are 22 member sanctuaries in 12 African countries. Each sanctuary must pass a stringent inspection and continue to meet the high standards of animal care and conservation practices to retain the award. Lilongwe Wildlife Centre achieved membership in July 2014 and work alongside PASA and their other members across the continent.
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACCREDITED
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is Malawi’s only accredited wildlife rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary. We also operate with the jurisdiction of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARDS
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre received a Responsible Tourism Award for the best organisation for the Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats in 2011 – the first time a Malawian organisation had won such an award. The award was accepted by the Minister of Tourism & Wildlife in London on our behalf. In 2013, Lilongwe Wildlife Centre received a Malawi Tourist Board award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ because of our work to raise the profile of Malawi’s wildlife both with national and international audiences.And in 2014 we were shortlisted for the ‘Best for Wildlife Welfare’ award.
LWT has had membership to IUCN since 2016. It is a union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of over 1,000 member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, and local communities can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges.
LWT is a founding member of the ICCF Malawi’s Conservation Council, which supports the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Council (MPCC). LWT sat on the organising committee for the launch and subsequent MPCC conference. The MPCC is a coalition of MPs, open to participation from all committees and all parties. It provides a forum for its members to engage with a collaboration of stakeholders for the purpose of developing a deeper understanding of the conservation challenges facing Malawi, and to pursue collaborative natural resource management actions. Learn more about LWT's involvement with ICCF or MPCC in our blogs.
LWT was approved as a member of the Species Survival Network in 2013, and currently stands as the SSN representative for Malawi. We will work alongside other member NGOs to promote and enforce CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora.
UNITED FOR RANGERS
LWT is a founding member of United for Rangers – an invite-only platform for the collaborative work on illegal wildlife investigations which also provides support for rangers.