Nyika-North Luangwa

The Nyika-North Luangwa and Vwaza/Lundazi components of the Malawi Zambia TFCA includes Malawi's Nyika National Park, Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Zambia's North Luangwa National Park, Nyika National Park, Lundazi Forest Reserve, Mitengi Forest Reserve, Mikuti Forest Reserve and the Musalangu Game Management Area.

Nyika is Malawi’s largest national park located on the Nyika Plateau, a relatively large highland massif located on the international boundary between Malawi and Zambia. As a mountain catchment area, the plateau plays a significant role in providing opportunities to conserve several crucial ecosystem services, firstly, as a catchment for water production, and secondly, as a refuge area for rare and unique species of both fauna and flora.

National Parks

National Parks

Protected Area

Protected Area

Transfrontier Conservation Area

Transfrontier Conservation Area

Country Border

Country Border

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Our Work

Within the Nyika-North Luangwa component of the TFCA, PPF is focusing on development of the Nyika Plateau, Vwasa Marsh Wildlife Reserve/Lundazi Forest and the Chama Block in the Musalanga GMA. Funded by KfW, initiatives include protected area management and development of infrastructure, supporting institutional arrangements, and community involvement in conservation.

Infrastructure development

Much effort has been put into enhancing the working environment, improving accessibility and providing better tourist facilities, with a specific focus on the Nyika-North Luangwa component of the MAZA TFCA.  This includes upgrading and maintaining roads, renovating entrance gates and accommodation establishments, as well as refurbishing and constructing staff housing, offices and service facilities. Highlights since 2011, when field activities got off the ground thanks to the support of GEF/World Bank and the Norwegian embassy in Malawi, include:

Anti-poaching

Through support provided by TFCA structures, there has been a significant decline in poaching, and an increase in the populations of key species on the Nyika plateau. The level of poaching remains high, though, and a priority challenge to address if a sustainable future is to be secured for this conservation area. In order to assist with this, law enforcement staff receive ongoing training in topics such as investigations, search operations, discipline, the use of GPS and data management. A new radio communication network, with handsets, was installed and covers all camps in Nyika National Parks and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve. In addition, a light aircraft is being purchased and two staff members of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Malawi will be trained as pilots. Aerial support will aid in anti-poaching patrols as well as day-to-day conservation management within Nyika and Vwaza .

Rewilding

We have been assisting Nyika with rewilding programmes since 2007. In 2017 this continued with the translocation of 34 elephants from Liwonde National Park in Malawi where the carrying capacity of elephant had been far exceeded, to Nyika National Park. Three decades ago, more than 300 elephants graced the steep foothills of the Nyika Plateau. Extreme poaching, however, resulted in an estimated 67% decline in this population since 1992. Now, only approximately 100 elephants can be found roaming the 3 200 km² Nyika National Parks that straddle the Malawi/Zambia border. The benefits of the translocation include improving the viability of the herd and fast-tracking recovery of critical elephant numbers in the park. The elephants, that have been closely monitored since their release, have settled in well.

NYIKA-NORTH LUANGWA NEWS

02 Nov 2017

Update: Translocated Nyika Elephants Settle In

In August 2017, 34 elephants were translocated from Liwonde National Park to Nyika National Park,...

08 Aug 2017

NEW LIFE FOR ELEPHANTS IN NYIKA NATIONAL PARK

Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining through the Department of National Parks and...

05 Jul 2017

Park Receives First Vehicle In Almost 20 Years!

Late in June, Peace Parks Foundation had the pleasure of delivering a Toyota Land Cruiser...

07 Jul 2015

Treaty Establishing The Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) Signed

Marking another major step in southern Africa’s transfrontier conservation development, His Excellency the President of...

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