By Gladson M’bumpha, Contributor:
Protecting Ecosystem and Reserving Forest in Malawi (Perfom) has, with support from the United States Agency for International Development, come up with laws aimed to protect Ntchisi Forest Reserve.
The laws have been signed by those who stay close to forest, traditional leaders and government officials to ensure that the forest is fully protected.
Speaking at the Forest Co-Management Agreement Signing for Ntchisi Forest Reserve ceremony in Nyanga Village in Ntchisi District, Perfom Chief of Party, Ramzy Kanaan, said forests are key to environmental sustainability.
“We are interested in protecting vegetation in Malawi and we, therefore, believe that, by putting in place proper laws, we may protect what remains of our forests in the country,” Kanaan said.
Director of Forestry, Clement Chilima, said institution of laws would make individual’s each other’s keeper.
“The government will also be able to trace culprits easily because these people have signed the laws of their own accord, which shows that they want to be responsible,” Chilima said.
Traditional leaders, including traditional authorities Vuso Jere, Kasakula and Mwansambo in Nkhotakota have, meanwhile, welcomed the development.