Research area: Improving livelihoods of people living around Mulanje Mountain by introducing alternative ways of earning a living in an effort to reduce the pressure on the natural resource base, focusing on the proper management of natural resources in Malawi.
Growing up in Lilongwe, Asimenye Nthakomwa always admired Nobel Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, who is globally acclaimed for her efforts to protect and improve our natural environment. As a secondary school student, Nthakomwa was proud to be selected to attend a national science workshop organized by UNESCO, attended by 60 girls. She later pursued a BSc in natural resources management, concerned about the alarming degradation of natural resources in Malawi. “There are few specialists in natural resource management in my country,” she says, “and rural livelihoods are so dependent on our natural resources, particularly water and forests. If Wangari Maathai could achieve so much, I can do it in Malawi. I want to be someone who is recognized for environmental conservation in Africa.”
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