Building on Experience for Environmental Sustainability

Experience and Capabilities

WESM’s projects focus on working with communities bordering protected areas (national parks, wildlife reserves and forest reserves) to reduce pressure on the PAs and promoting environmental education in schools through:


  • Establishing and strengthening community governance structures Community sensitization
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Microloans for income generation
Examples of projects implemented by WESM:

Name of Project

Project Description


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

10 years


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

5 years


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).

7 years


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

3 years


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

3 years


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)

3 years


GEF through World Bank