The National CBNRM Forum plays a crucial coordination role to galvanize the critical mass of community voices around policy advocacy, resource mobilization, and capacity building. Under Co-Management Agreements (CMA) signed with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), community associations receive 25% of all revenues generated by the protected areas. The Forum is a founding member of the Community Leaders Network (CLN).
To consolidate gains so far made, the seven local community associations, with support from Resource Africa/Jamma International are in the process of establishing a national umbrella body known as the National CBNRM Forum (NCF) to galvanize the community voice for lobby and advocacy” – Malidadi Langa, Interim Executive Director of the National CBNRM Forum
Malawi’s emerging CBNRM program is underpinned by the Environmental Management Act which provides for a collaborative approach to environmental protection and management including its sustainable use and sharing the benefits thereof.
Compared to other countries in the region, Malawi’s CBNRM sector is not dominated by wildlife but
other forms of natural resources
CBNRM is taking place in all the natural resource sectors as part of a policy implementation process.
So far seven local community associations have been established around seven protected areas;
Nyika/Vwaza National Park, Kasungu National Park, Nkhotakota Game Reserve, Lake Malawi National Park, Liwonde National Park, Lengwe National Park, and Majete Wildlife Reserve.
All of them have signed co-management MOUs with the DNPW and are receiving the 25% revenue share.