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Establishment of a Sustainable Community Development Model based on Integrated Natural Resource Management Systems in Lake Malawi National Park

Environment / Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

Republic of Malawi

Establishment of a Sustainable Community Development Model based on Integrated Natural Resource Management Systems in Lake Malawi National Park

Create sustainable futures by integrating practices by people in local communities with interdisciplinary science

  • SDGs12
  • SDGs02
  • SDGs01

Principal Investigator

    • Distinguished Prof.
      SATO Tetsu

      SDGs Promotion Office, Ehime University
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    • Associate Prof.
      Bosco Rusuwa

      Dept. of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malawi Chancellor College

ODA Recipient Country

Republic of Malawi

Research Institutions in Japan

Ehime University / The University of Tokyo / Tokyo University of Agriculture / Ryukoku University / Yokohama National University

Research Institutions in Counterpart Country

University of Malawi Chancellor College / Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources / Department of Fisheries / Department of National Parks and Wildlife

Adoption fiscal year

FY 2019

Research Period

5 Years

Overview of the Research Project

Improving sustainability of the natural environment and resources through integrated natural resource management
The life and livelihood of people in rural villages of Malawi, which is among the least developed countries, depends on the diverse natural resources supported by the country’s rich natural environment. By integrating the latest in resource management sciences and effective initiatives based on the traditional knowledge and skills of local communities through transdisciplinary research,* this project takes adaptive approaches to improving and reinforcing the management systems of diverse resources that have been handled separately up until now, and builds integrated resource management systems that takes advantage of synergies emerging from integration.

* Transdisciplinary research is adaptive processes of co-production of knowledge, driven by repeated trials and feedbacks with close collaboration of diverse stakeholders, including scientists and innovative practitioners both within and outside local communities.

Improve people’s lives and well-being with integrated resource management systems
This project will build integrated management systems of diverse resources supported by the rich natural environment through collaboration between practitioners in local communities and scientists, and establish a framework for effective decision makings and actions led by community members to achieve sustainable natural resource management Thereby, the project is expected to contribute to improving the quality of life and well-being of people.

Photo gallery


A particular variety of tree obtained from the nearby forest is the wood of choice for smoking fishery products


Fishing with open-water seine (chilimila net) widely used on Lake Malawi


People hoping for fish gather around fishing boats on their return to the village beach


Small irrigation channels made in the fields of innovative local farmers


Canopy landscape without flowers

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