Experience and Capabilities
WESM’s projects focus on working with communities bordering environmentally-important areas (for example, national parks, wildlife reserves and forest reserves) to promote environmental/biodiversity protection and to promote environmental awareness and involvement, as well as environmental education in schools.
WESM draws experience for project implementation from long-standing relationships with associates across the country, together with volunteers and a handful of key employees. In that way WESM puts together competent teams to deliver major projects.
For example, one of WESM’s current projects is a 3-year grant of £312,000 from the UK Government to work with communities and the local government for a ‘Community Approach to Waterbird Resource Management’ at the Chia Lagoon, near Nkhotakota.
Examples of previous projects are listed below.
Examples of projects implemented by WESM
|Name of Project
|WESM budget (USD)
|Promotion of right to quality education and environmental management for sustainable development
|Promoting rights based quality education in primary schools and environmental education
|DANIDA through DOC
|Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (FISH)
|Sustainable economic growth in threatened freshwater ecosystems & increased social, ecological & economic resilience through: Biodiversity Conservation Climate Change Adaptation
|USAID through PACT
|Biodiversity conservation through community mobilisation and building sustainable livelihoods for selected IBAs in Malawi
|Biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods for rural communities around the three IBAs (Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, Kasungu National Park and Ntchisi Forest Reserve).
|Norad through NOF (BirdLife Norway)
|Advocating for Awareness on Forest Degradation and Policies and Procedures in Conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in and around Ntchisi Mountain and Dedza Mountain Forest Reserves
|To develop Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for Protected Areas in Malawi
|Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
|The Project for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Dzalanyama Forest Reserve (COSMA-DFR)
|To establish community based patrol systems and stakeholder coordination
|JICA and Lilongwe Water Board
|Effective Management of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
|To improve sustainable management of natural resources in Nkhotakota Wildife Reserve by the staff of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW)
|GEF through World Bank