The Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM) has initiated a three-year project aimed at empowering the communities residing near Chia Lagoon in Nkhotakota.
According to Victor Mangochi, the Chairperson of WESM’s Board, this project focuses on providing loans to these communities in order to support the protection and restoration of wildlife, particularly birds, in Nkhotakota District. Mangochi was speaking, during a stakeholders workshop held in Lilongwe, where he emphasized that the project, spanning two years and ten months, seeks to raise awareness regarding the importance of managing the natural resources of the lagoon for the benefit of all.
On his part, Victor Chithabwa, the Director of Administration for Nkhotakota District Council, commended WESM for implementing this project, noting that it will bring significant benefits to the communities surrounding Chia Lagoon in the district. Meanwhile, Traditional Authority Kalimanjira in Nkhotakota District expressed gratitude to WESM for undertaking this project, acknowledging its potential to conserve and restore natural resources in the Chia Lagoon area.
Overall, it is anticipated that the project will benefit over 1,190 individuals residing in the nine villages around Chia Lagoon, which are covered by hunting clubs. Additionally, these communities will receive enterprise support and gain access to a micro lending scheme that will benefit approximately 850 family members and indirectly impact 14,000 people residing in the villages.