We have given a grant of 1,500 US dollars to the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) to support its work in conserving biodiversity in the Bua River system in Malawi. The Bua River has its source in the Mchinji Forest Reserve and flows into Lake Malawi. It is a breeding ground for rare fish species including the endemic lake salmon, Opsaridium microlepis, and large numbers of fisher families are dependent on it for their livelihoods. Fish numbers have declined in recent years and some species such as the lake salmon are now classified as endangered.

Through a participatory process LUANAR has joined with partner organisations to draw up an ecosystem management plan for the Lower Bua River System. The aim is to reverse the decline in fish stocks and enhance the income and food security of local communities. The grant from Live Streams will enable LUANAR to hire an intern to assist their staff in liaising with partners to develop work plans and monitor the progress of activities. It provides an opportunity for the intern to strengthen their skills in participatory processes and project management.