Chikwawa District Advocacy and Stakeholder Mobilization Workshop

CISONECC under the Building Climate Resilient Communities Around Wildlife Protected Areas project, with support from the European Commission through TrĊcaire conducted a district level advocacy and social mobilization workshop. The workshop took place on 16th July, 2020 in Chikwawa District. The aim of the workshop was to build synergies and enhance district level coordination for effective advocacy in building resilience of communities living adjacent to protected areas.

Specifically, the workshop sought to introduce stakeholders to the Building Climate Resilient Communities Around Wildlife Protected Areas project that is being implemented in communities neighbouring protected areas of Kasungu National Park, Lengwe National Park and Mwabvi Game Reserve. The meeting also provided a platform to validate the outcomes of the needs assessment conducted prior to the award of the grant by the implementing consortium led by Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) in Chikwawa. During the workshop, stakeholders also shared and deliberated on the experiences and lessons encountered in the management of forest and wildlife resources in their district.

The meeting was very significant to the project as stakeholders; (a) were oriented and prepared for theproject, (b) shared experiences in line with management of wildlife and forest protected areas, (c) validated the needs assessment outcomes and (d) contributed to the development of the advocacy strategy for the project.