The Lilongwe branch was established in 1975 shortly after Lilongwe had become Malawi’s capital. WESM had previously been based in Blantyre and Lilongwe was the first separate WESM branch. Like the Blantyre base, the Lilongwe branch was established by individuals concerned with the preservation of wildlife diversity. Interested people started joining and performing voluntary work. The branch now covers seven districts: Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Kasungu, Mchinji, Dedza, Dowa and Salima.
WESM Lilongwe has 800 wildlife clubs spread across these seven districts. Wildlife clubs are formed from primary, secondary and college schools, other youth groups and local communities groups called village natural resources committees. Most of these clubs have current conservation activities. Over 123 schools were visited in 123 in Ntchisi, Mchinji, Dedza and Lilongwe districts.
The Branch has public talks on topics ranged from Roles of gene bank in biodiversity conservation, Environmental benefits of industrial herb, strengthening biodiversity information facility in Malawi, Zipolopolo: A local solution to ease deforestation in Malawi just to mention but a few. The branch continues organizing public talks in partnership with Four Seasons Nursery which hosts the talks every month.
Membership and communications
In addition to wildlife clubs, the Branch also has an email communication list of about 400 individuals, comprising members, individuals who are not yet members and organizations. In this WESM Lilongwe communications include newsletters and announcements of events like talks. Posters are developed before every such events and are placed in different place thus widening the audience reached.
WESM Lilongwe presents Art-in-the-Park an event each November and May held at Four Seasons Nursery in Lilongwe. Different artists from all over Malawi exhibit their art works. With hundreds visiting, including diplomats, government officials and business individuals. Recently in 2023, WESM has introduced Craft in the Park in order to accommodate those in craft business as the AITP is largely dominated by paintings. The event is an opportunity to engage more people into the work of WESM
WESM restarted Quiz nights and the recent was help in November 2022 at the Woodlands hotel where 8 groups of 6 attempted to questions from the quiz master. Different prizes were given to the participants such as dinner/lunch/coffee vouchers, wildlife calendars, mud cups etc.
Environmental education materials have been sourced and distributed to wildlife clubs. The Branch continues to engage interns to assist in reaching out to wildlife clubs and conduct environmental education. The Branch continued to be involved in environmental education to wildlife clubs, formation of wildlife clubs where they do not exist, outreach program, youth rallies, and environmental education material distribution. WESM also supports schools to visited protected areas by arranging the booking with department of national parks and wildlife.
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