Thuma Telegraph - Greeting
Dear Donors, Friends and Supporters!
A BIG THANK YOU to our donors and supporter for enabling
In light of the recent International Global March’s that took place worldwide to raise awareness of the plight of Elephant and Rhino poaching, this newsletter will give you a little overview of WAG’s proactive work to combat poaching and our efforts to find new ways forward to build relations and strengthen partnerships around both Thuma and Dedza Salima Forest Reserves.
With a assistance from Tuesday Trust
There have been many highlights since our last newsletter including receiving funding from Save the Elephant and Wildlife Conservation Network which we are delighted about. We have had Anti-Poaching training from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, built a new camp, helped organize and took part in the Global Elephant March 2014 Malawi, employed more new scouts, received funding for more firearms and held a Law Enforcement Workshop with magistrates, prosecutors and police investigators from around both reserves, arrested - for the second time, Dixon from Kasungu the notorious elephant poacher, had visit from Dani of REA and a visit from Suzi who co- founded WAG exactly 20 years ago.
Our social economic survey is on-going to monitor the effects of the fence and we have seen a shift in our local communities’ attitude towards the project. The survey around both reserves helps us to assess peoples’ knowledge and feelings about the reserve pre and post fence construction and so far it is very positive. This is also a very useful tool to help us to know the needs and challenges of people living close to protected areas. It will also help us to work closely with them in the future.
Christmas arrived twice this year in Thuma in the form
As the year 2014 pushes to a close we are up against time to extend the fence again with funds left over from last year. This part will start from the beginning of the first section of phase one along the northern boundary of Thuma in the district of Dowa.
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