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Robert Kafakoma in tree planting exercise demonstration Robert Kafakoma in tree planting exercise demonstration Image taken by Blessings KANG'OMBE

MCA Project To Enhance Forest Management In Malawi

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE Feb 15, 2017

Management of forest areas among communities in Malawi's central region of Ntcheu is expected to be enhanced for the next five years.

This is with the assistance from eight communities of traditional authority Champiti in the district.

This is courtesy of eight communities of Traditional Authority Champiti and district authorities.

They have signed Forest management plans facilitated by Training Support for Partners (TSP).

The management plans come at a time when TSP is implementing a forest management project in the district with funding from Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-Malawi).

The three year project is aiming at strengthening community participation in sustainable land and forest management.

The idea is to reinstate forest cover hence containing siltation in Shire River as its effects are affecting hydro electric power generation resulting to persistent power outages.

TSP Executive Director told Capital FM that community empowerment in managing forests is the key to forest sustainability in the country.

Robert Kafakoma views that with the signing in of the plans; the impact area will be reinstated since communities will have a huge task in protecting the clan forest.

"Communities play a big role in ensuring that forest areas are managed hence contributes in reinstating forest cover from depletion," Kafakoma explained.

Assistant forest officer at the district's forest office spoke highly on the plans saying will go a long way in addressing effects of deforestation in the area.

Carol Dzimbiri disclosed that for the past years forest officials continue encourage communities to take good care of already existing trees for its sustainability beside planting new seedlings.

She however challenged communities to follow what is in the management plans so as for the five years; there will be a significant change in combating deforestation in the area.

Chairperson for Mazulu forest clan recalls how the area has been negatively affected due to wanton cutting down of trees for charcoal burning and other human activities.

 

Samson Lipulano then assured communities commitment for the forest sustainability stating clans will ensure that all forest areas are protected.

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