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The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) is responsible for the conservation and management of wildlife resources in Malawi. Wildlife provides a range of ecosystem goods and services that play a vital role in the socio-economic development of the country. 


To conserve and manage wildlife both in protected areas and natural habitats outside protected areas and regulate their use.


To become a lead, vibrant and progressive wildlife conservation agency in Malawi.


To conserve and manage protected areas and wildlife for present and future Malawians through enforcement of wildlife legislation, adaptive management, effective monitoring and governance with full involvement of all stakeholders.

  Strategic Objectives:

  • To conserve, manage and curtail illegal use of wildlife in and outside national parks, wildlife reserves and nature sanctuaries.
  • To develop and create opportunities for ecotourism and wildlife conservation led business investment that is ecologically sustainable, economically viable and socially acceptable.
  • To gain public support through increased awareness and stakeholder collaboration and participation in wildlife conservation and management.
  • To  promote  scientific  wildlife  research  and  monitoring  as  a  basis  for conservation management decision making.

 The wildlife estate covers about 11.1% of the total land area of the country and comprises the following protected areas:

  1. Five National Parks (Nyika,Kasungu, Lake Malawi, Liwonde and Lengwe)
  2. Four Wildlife Reserves (Vwaza Marsh,Nkhotakota, Majete and  Mwabvi)
  3. Three Nature Sanctuaries (Mzuzu,Lilongwe and Michiru)

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