Republic of Malawi
Forest reserves are specific areas gazetted for government forests. Forest reserves are filled with woodlands, most commonly miombo/brachastegia woodlands, and striking variety of plants and indigenous trees.
Located in Mzimba District of Malawi's Northern Region, Perekezi Forest Reserve was gazetted as a protected area in 1935. The reserve serves as a water catchment area and has numerous streams including South Rukuru River. The forest's water catchment function sustains domestic and agricultural activities as well as preserves and conserves the reserve's biological diversity. In 2014, the Government of Malawi with funding from European Union supported a co-management process for implementation of Improved Forest Management for Sustainable Livelihood Programme (IFMSLP). The programme aimed to improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities through participatory management of forests both in forest reserves and on customary land. From 2014-2019 the USAID/Malawi-funded Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi (PERFORM) Project improved and helped to facilitate the Forest Co-Management Agreement and Forest Management Plan governing the reserve.