Community Involvement

Liwonde Community Involvement

Human-wildlife conflict with elephants, hippos and crocodiles is one of most pressing threats for Liwonde and the approximately 900,000 people who live around the park. Constructing and maintaining the park’s electric perimeter fence to reduce conflict and secure the park for the safety of both wildlife and people is a top and ongoing priority. The fence has drastically reduced conflict and has helped save lives as a result.

Environmental Education

Liwonde supported two schools that enroll hundreds of students, and provide several scholarships to secondary and tertiary students. More than 1,000 children to visit the park annually to ensure they learn the value of wildlife and conservation. Construction has begun on the Likulungwa School block as well as the building of an additional classroom at Namisundu Primary School, both of which will reach around 400 more children.

Income Generating Opportunities

Bee-keeping and a Moringa offer opportunities for local entrepreneurship as well as find alternative sources of income for surrounding communities. A number of tree nurseries have been established to propagate trees for planting to reduce pressure on natural vegetation, generating positive results. Approximately 30,000 seedlings were produced in the first year.