List of protected areas of Malawi

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There are nine national parks and reserves in Malawi.

National parks[edit]

  • Kasungu National Park — situated approximately 165 km north of the capital city, Lilongwe, this is, at over 2,000 km², the second largest of Malawi's parks
  • Lake Malawi National Park — designated a National Park in 1980 to protect the unique diversity of tropical fish living in Lake Malawi, some not found anywhere else on earth
  • Lengwe National Park — most famed for the nyala antelope, not found in the other northern parks of Malawi
  • Liwonde National Park — situated 120 km north of Blantyre, on the banks of the Upper Shire River
  • Nyika National Park — the first (certified in 1965), the largest (over 3,000 km²) and the highest (average height 1,800 m)

Game and wildlife reserves[edit]

Other protected areas[edit]

Forest Reserves[edit]

Malawi has a system of forest reserves, the first of which were established over a century ago. Grazing and cultivation have encroached on many forest reserves, and many reserve forests have been replaced with exotic plantation trees including pine and eucalyptus.[1]

Northern Region[edit]

Central Region[edit]

  • Bunda Forest Reserve 426 ha, est. 1948
  • Chimaliro Forest Reserve 15,205 ha, est. 1926
  • Chilobwe Forest Reserve 1314 ha, est. 1960
  • Chongoni Forest Reserve 12,353 ha, est. 1924
  • Dedza Mountain Forest Reserve 2917 ha, est. 1926
  • Dedza-Salima Escarpment Forest Reserve 30,965 ha, est. 1974
  • Dowa Hills Forest Reserve 3142 ha, est. 1974
  • Dwambazi Forest Reserve, 7886.27 km²[3]
  • Dzalanyama Forest Reserve 98,827 ha, est. 1922
  • Dzenza Forest Reserve 779 ha, est. 1948
  • Dzonzi Forest Reserve 4494 ha, est. 1924
  • Kongwe Forest Reserve 1948 ha, est. 1926
  • Mchinji Forest Reserve 20,885 ha, est. 1924
  • Msitowalengwe Forest Reserve 98 ha, est. 1974
  • Mua-Livulezi Forest Reserve 12,673 ha, est. 1924
  • Mua-Tsanya Forest Reserve 933 ha, est. 1924
  • Mvai Forest Reserve 4140 ha, est. 1924
  • Ngala Forest Reserve 2272 ha, est. 1958
  • North Senga Forest Reserve 1207 ha, est. 1958
  • Ntchisi Mountain Forest Reserve 8758 ha, est. 1924
  • South Senga Forest Reserve 532 ha, est. 1958
  • Thuma Forest Reserve 15,767 ha, est. 1956

Southern Region[edit]

  • Amalika Forest Reserve 370 ha, est. 1959
  • Chigumula Forest Reserve 525 ha, est. 1925
  • Chiradzulu Forest Reserve 774 ha, est. 1924
  • Kalulu Hills Forest Reserve 2892 ha, est. 1958
  • Liwonde Forest Reserve 27,407 ha, est. 1924
  • Malabvi Forest Reserve 300 ha, est. 1927
  • Mangochi Forest Reserve 40,853 ha, est. 1924
  • Mangochi Palm Forest Reserve 501 ha, est. 1980
  • Masambanjati Forest Reserve 93 ha, est. 1974
  • Masenjere Forest Reserve 276 ha, est. 1930
  • Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve (Milange-Michesi) 56,314 ha, est. 1927
  • Michiru Forest Reserve 3004 ha, est. 1970
  • Milare Forest Reserve 59 ha, est. 1949
  • Mudi Forest Reserve 39 ha, est. 1922
  • Namizimu Forest Reserve 88,966 ha, est. 1924
  • Ndirande Forest Reserve 1433 ha, est. 1922
  • Soche Forest Reserve 388 ha, est. 1922
  • Thambani Forest Reserve 4680 ha, est. 1927
  • Thuchila Forest Reserve 1843 ha, est. 1925
  • Thyolo Mountain Forest Reserve 1347 ha, est. 1924
  • Matandwe Forest Reserve 31,053 ha, est. 1931
  • Tsamba Forest Reserve 32.37 km², est. 1928[4]
  • Thyolomwani Forest Reserve 965 ha, est. 1930
  • Zomba-Malosa Forest Reserve 19,018 ha, est. 1913

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mauambeta, Daulos (2010). Status of Forests and Tree Management in Malawi: A Position Paper Prepared for the Coordination Union for Rehabilitation of the Environment (CURE). CURE Technical Report. September 2010 DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3497.7926 [1] Forest Reserve names, areas, and dates established listed in this section are from this source unless otherwise noted.
  2. ^ "Bunganya Forest Reserve". Protected Planet, Accessed 1 September 2019 [2]
  3. ^ "Dwambazi". Protected Planet, Accessed 1 September 2019. [3]
  4. ^ "Tsamba Forest Reserve". Protected Planet, accessed 1 September 2019. [4]

External links[edit]

  • "The Africa Guide".

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