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LAKE CHILWA is the second-largest lake in Malawi
Malawi
after Lake
Lake
Malawi
Malawi
. It is in eastern Zomba District , near the border with Mozambique
Mozambique
. Approximately 60 km long and 40 km wide, the lake is surrounded by extensive wetlands . There is a large island in the middle of the lake called Chisi Island . The lake has no outlet, and the level of water is greatly affected by seasonal rains and summer evaporation. In 1968, the lake disappeared during exceptionally dry weather. When David Livingstone visited the lake in 1859, he reported that its southern boundary reached as far as the Mulanje Massif
Mulanje Massif
, which would have made the lake at least 20 miles longer than it is today.

The Danish International Development Agency , in cooperation with the Government of Malawi
Malawi
has been working to ensure preservation of the lake and its wetlands. The Lake
Lake
Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaption Programme (LCBCCAP) has been introduced to conserve the sensitive area, which is not only an important wetland for local fauna, but also a major source for fish products in the region.

WILDLIFE

The most common fish species of Lake
Lake
Chilwa are Barbus paludinosus , Oreochromis
Oreochromis
shiranus chilwae, Clarias gariepinus , Brycinus