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WELCOME TO WESM - THE WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY OF MALAWI (Lilongwe Branch)

WESM Lilongwe Branch is one of the 9 branches of WESM and one of the most vibrant. The Lilongwe branch was established in 1975 by citizens who were concerned with the diversity in wildlife and natural resources and environment. Interested people started joining and performing voluntary work. To date the membership of wildlife clubs of WESM, Lilongwe Branch has reached 800 registered clubs.
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Membership and communications
Membership records and the Branch mailing list have recently been analyzed and reorganized:
As of April, 2016 the Branch has listed members who have paid up for 2016 comprising 51 Ordinary/Family members and 2 corporate members, Lilongwe City Assembly and Lilongwe Water Board. In addition, the Branch has a list of 63 other people who were formerly paid-up members (who had paid up in 2009 and/or 2010).
The Branch also has a communication list that is used to inform member about events. It has two chat groups – EnviroForum and Permaculture-Malawi as well as facebook page. In this way, communications, like emails with newsletters and announcements of talks, reach an audience of about 400 individuals. Posters are developed before every public talk and are placed in different places thus widening the audience reached.

Monthly Talks
The Branch had 11 Talks so far in 2015 with topics ranging from Drilling oil in Lake Malawi, Wildlife Crime, Bats to permaculture, water catchment areas management, impact of Floods in Malawi just to mention a few. The branch continues organizing public talks in partnership with Four Seasons Nursery which hosts the talks every month.
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Game and Bird Counts at Kasungu National Park
The Branch continues to organize annual game counts at Kasungu National Park and Ntchisi Forest Reserve that involves members.Bird counts was recently conducted in Ntchisi Forest Reserve and Kasungu National Park. The game counts are organized in partnership with Kasungu.

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Environmental Education
Environmental education materials have been sourced and distributed to wildlife clubs. The Branch has continued to engage interns to assist in reaching out to wildlife clubs and conduct environmental education. In kasungu, the branch organized a schools garden competition and the winning schools visited Kasungu National Park. The Branch continued to be involved in environmental education to wildlife clubs, formation of wildlife clubs where they do not exist, outreach programme, youth rallies, and environmental education material distribution.