Malawi: UK Pledges to Support Malawi in Protecting Wildlife

The United Kingdom has pledged to work with the government of Malawi and other partners to combat the insidious ivory trade.

Speaking in an interview on Saturday on World Elephant Day, a day dedicated to honouring and reflecting upon the grandeur and plight of Asian and African Elephants, the British High Commissioner to Malawi, Ms Holly Tett, said wild elephant populations are confined to decreasing areas of land in Africa and Asia, and are increasingly threatened by poaching--with ivory exceeding the price of gold--habitat loss, human encroachment and conflict, and illegal capture for the tourism industry.

"Malawi is making strides to fight the illegal wildlife trade, with support from the State President, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, to the Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) and other agencies of the Government of Malawi. DNPW in turn is supported by a number of partners, NGOs, donors and diplomatic missions, as well as local communities.