President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera Launches 2022/23 National Forestry Season

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera Launches 2022/23 National Forestry Season
His Excellency President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has today 23rd December, 2022 led the country in an intriguing national tree planting exercise.The 2022/2023 National Forestry Season Launch was commemorated under the theme "Restore Degraded Forest Landscapes for Livelihood Security" and took place at Mangochi Palm Forest Reserve. 

The initiative is in line with the Malawi's Government plans to grow 4.5 million trees by 2030. "We must accept that the responsibility of restoring degraded forests landscapes is non-negotiable," His Excellency President Dr. Chakwera said in a speech to celebrate the National Forestry Season. "When we each do our part to fight for forests, the forests will do their part to fight for us."

He appreciated the support of development partners and stakeholders such as the USAID and UKAid, National Bank of Malawi, FDH Bank, Tobacco Commission, RAIPLY, which are already providing profound support in challenging deforestation and land degradation in the country.

"To a considerable extent, these adversities are the direct and indirect consequences of human failure to observe its ecological imperativeness. Instead of preserving the integrity of the country's vital systems to enhance the earth's livability for all creation, we have embarked on thoughtless exploitation and the insidious pursuit of prosperity in ways like unlicensed charcoal production, that do not take environmental costs into account, " he said. 

The solution, he posed, is to plant trees to reduce greenhouse emissions, to stop and reverse deforestation so that the human race is saved from climate catastrophe.

As part of the activity, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera planted Palm and Coconut tree species.

In his remarks, the Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change Honourable Eisenhower Nduwa Mkaka, MP revealed that Government is implementing "Adopt a Forest initiative" to support and incentivize local communities to restore degraded forest landscapes and manage natural regeneration. 

"My Ministry has initiated a Restoration Championship Programme which aims at recognising spotlight activities and actors in Malawi that are restoring degraded landscapes in order to regain ecological integrity and enhance livelihoods,"  said Hon. Mkaka. 

Meanwhile, the Director of Forestry Ms Stella Funsani Gama said the Department of Forestry will continue to engage private companies and individuals to manage Forest Plantations under concession frameworks as provided for in the Amendment Act and its Amendment of 2020. 

This season, the country has a target of restoring 29,000 hectares by planting 50 million trees and 9,000 hectares of Natural Regeneration.

The National Forestry Season runs from 15th December to 15th April the following year.