Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was set up in 2007 for the benefit of both the people and wildlife of Malawi. Based in the heart of the capital city, the stunning urban wilderness reserve includes a wildlife sanctuary for rescues and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wild animals who are then released back into the wild wherever possible.
Working in partnership with the Department of Education, LWT is also the country’s leading environmental educator, boasting over 12,000 visiting school children per annum. The team was engaged with 155 schools in 2012, growing to c.500 schools in 2013 thanks to their Eco School partnership.
In line with their mission to promote environmental conservation, the community outreach programme focuses on helping to restore habitats and promoting sustainable livelihoods. For example, In 2011/12 an ITF grant enabled the LWT to create six community woodlots in schools, plant over 10,000 trees and establish four fuel briquette enterprises run by LWT established CBO’s that made and sold over 12,000 briquettes. As a result of the pilot’s success a UNDP (GEF) grant which will finance the full programme. In 2012, the Trust expanded their influence beyond the urban Lilongwe districts to the rural districts of Salima in the Central Region where environmental education and community projects are being rolled out through a partner project, Kuti.