Malawi

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CRM is based in Malawi, southern Africa and is working to conserve carnivores and biodiversity in Malawi and reduce human wildlife conflict.

Malawi is listed as a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Global 2000 Ecoregion and lies at the heart of three eco-region categories including the central and eastern Miombo Woodlands (WWF code 88), Zambezi flooded savannas (WWF code 98) and Southern Rift Montane woodlands (WWF code 103). Malawi is recognised of international importance supporting a rich array of endemic species, including some that are restricted to single mountains.

However, this rich biodiversity base is being threatened by an unsustainable rate of exploitation. Conversion to agriculture, firewood collection, wild fires, and invasion by alien species are all real threats. Deforestation is a considerable threat with Malawi losing 2.8% per year, with less than 5% of original forest area remaining (Mickleburgh, Hutson & Racey 2002; Chikuni & Sambo 2006).

Malawi's Carnivores

nyikaMalawi has good populations of carnivores including Spotted hyaena, side striped jackal, caracal and serval in most National Parks. African wild dogs and lions occur at low densities in Kasungu National Park (KNP) and wild dogs have recently been sighted in Nyika National Park (NNP).

Most protected areas in Malawi are subject to high levels of human encroachment, poaching and indiscriminate snaring (Bhima et al., 2003), and carnivores have declined over recent years. Many carnivores particularly hyaena and jackal occur outside protected areas and are in constant conflict with local communities.

Despite this Malawi has huge potential for carnivore and therefore wider landscape conservation. The recent agreement between the Governments of Zambia and Malawi has established a huge Transfrontier Area spanning three of the CRM study areas (Nyika NP, Kasungu NP and Vwasa Marsh) providing a protected area network in excess of 30,000 km2 enabling a natural dispersal link to Zambian carnivore populations.



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