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Present day status and future of nature conservation in the Republic of Malawi

D.G. Anstey Anstey, A.J. Hall-Martin Hall-Martin
Koedoe | Supplement | a1277 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v20i2.1277 | © 1977 D.G. Anstey Anstey, A.J. Hall-Martin Hall-Martin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 December 1977 | Published: 10 December 1977

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D.G. Anstey Anstey,, Malawi
A.J. Hall-Martin Hall-Martin,, Malawi

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Abstract

When Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) became independent in 1964 the status and future of its game reserves were in jeopardy. The former administration had adopted a policy of benign neglect towards the country's wildlife areas (Anon 1963), and the remnants of the Department of Game, Fish and Tsetse Control had been absorbed by the Forestry Department in 1963. Fortunately the Life President of Malawi, Dr H Kamuzu Banda, took a strong interest in wildlife conservation and it was only his personal intervention, and the advent of independence, that saved the former Lengwe Game Reserve from deproclamation (Hayes 1967) as planned by the colonial administration. With the Life President's encouragement and the dedicated efforts of the staff responsible for wildlife, the tide which had been running strongly against nature conservation was turned, culminating in the establishment of a separate Department of National Parks and Wildlife only a decade after independence.

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