People's Postcode Lottery has today announced an award of £200,000 from players to charity African Parks, for the rehabilitation of Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "We have been impressed by the track record of African Parks when it comes to conservation, and I am delighted that the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery will contribute to the protection of wildlife in Malawi."
African Parks manages and restores national parks in Africa, in partnership with governments and local communities. By combining world-class conservation practices with business expertise, African Parks aims to make these wildlife parks socially and economically viable, particularly for the benefit of local communities. This will contribute to their survival in the face of competing forms of land use.
With a presence in seven countries, and the area under management now covering 6.1 million hectares, African Parks has also recently added the Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to their portfolio, bringing the total number of parks under their management to ten. It is the ambition of African Parks to manage 20 parks by 2020, with a unique and diverse representation of ecosystems in their portfolio. The support from players of People's Postcode Lottery will help them achieve this goal.
African Parks CEO Peter Fearnhead said, "We believe that we have little time to ensure the survival of Africa's national parks and wildlife reserves. Many will collapse, unless appropriate levels of funding, effective management and good governance are devoted to their survival. It is our intention to play a major role in securing their future and increase the number of parks under our management in the coming years. To be able to do so, we need financial support. We are therefore thrilled with the funding from players, which will allow us to make a difference right away."