Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods Project

Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods Project
The Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), have launched a ‘Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods’ project which targets sustainable management of the Miombo and Mopane productive landscapes of Balaka, Ntcheu and Mangochi.

Speaking at the event, FAO Country Representative Dr Zhijun Chen disclosed that the project will foster a sustainable forest and biodiversity management of Miombo and Mopane woodlands, as stipulated in Malawi’s National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy 2017. ‘‘The project is part of a sustainable Forest Management Impact Program on Dryland Sustainable Landscapes approved by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in 2019’’, said Dr Chen.

In her remarks, the Director of Forestry Madam Stella Funsani Gama said the project is multi-sectoral in nature and calls for various natural resources-related stakeholders to participate vibrantly in the noble cause.‘‘The project will be executed by the Department of Forestry, in collaboration with National Local Government Finance Committee including all Natural Resources related departments’’, articulated Gama.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, the Principal Secretary Mr. James Ali said that the Government has the overall executing and technical responsibility for the project, with FAO providing oversight as GEF Agency.
‘‘I am delighted to note that as the project aims at achieving Land Degradation Neutrality, it will support forest management and sustainable agricultural practices, including green value chains such as beekeeping’’, said Mr. Ali.

Transforming Landscapes and Livelihoods is a 5-year project and has a budget of USD 6,350,459 which is equivalent to K6 billion.