Press

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  • New law to help combat wildlife crimes – Judge Twea

    Published online at Nyasa Times on 22 April 2017 Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency on the sidelines of a High Court Judges Symposium in Mangochi, he said the new law stipulates very stiff punishments which have just been amended in January this year. “This workshop is significant in the sense that it will ...

  • ‘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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • THE FUTURE OF WILDLIFE IS IN OUR HANDS

    Published in The Nation newspaper on 2nd March 2016 As the world faces an ever intensifying wildlife crisis, Malawi is choosing World Wildlife Day to push for all citizens, residents and visitors to pull together and join the fight to stop wildlife crime. The call to action is being led by His Excellency the President Peter Arthur ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • MALAWI GETS TOUGH ON WILDLIFE CRIME AT HOME AND ABROAD

    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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • ‘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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Deforestation link to recent floods

      This Africa Geographic article includes a great quote from our Outreach and Education Manager, Clement Manjaalera, about the trees that we have planted for local schools. The article itself discusses the link between the increasing deforestation in Malawi and the devastation of the recent floods – an interesting read!  

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • LWC ON CNN

    CNN’s ‘Inside Africa’ news team flew out to make a documentary on Lilongwe Wildlife Centre recently, and it hit TV screens all over the world this week. You can view the programme online here – there are three parts so make sure you scroll down to see them all.  

  • 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/

  • Vet rescue service makes the local news

  • Allafrica.com: Inter-agency task force update

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201404180004.html Malawi: Interagency Task Force Formed Against Wildlife Crime Lilongwe — A Task Force comprising law enforcing agencies was formed on Wednesday in the capital, Lilongwe, to combat the growing poaching and illegal wildlife trade with coordinated approach. The agencies making up the Task Force include the Police (prosecution, Criminal Investigation Department, Interpol, and airport), Immigration, Malawi ...

  • 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.  

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Simba news all over the world

    It seems that Simba’s story appealed to hearts all over the world!  We appeared in the news in the UK, Holland, Belgium, the US, France and of course Malawi. Here are a couple of examples: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2570232/The-Lion-King-goes-home-Nine-year-old-Simba-returned-Africa-eight-years-animal-cruelty-Europe.html          

  • LWC makes it onto the BBC

    Short but sweet, it’s great to see one of our community projects getting a little international airtime! Thanks to Mark and team for covering us, and Clement and Doris for their wise words…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25942683