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Mangochi DC calls for tree regeneration

Written by  Marvelous Zinga


A school boy plants trees - File Photo

Mangochi, August 09, 2017: District Commissioner (DC) for Mangochi Reverend Moses Chimphepo has called on development partners in the district to support projects aimed at regenerating trees naturally for restoration of vegetative cover in overcoming environmental degradation.

Chimphepo said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday on the sidelines of a full council meeting held at the Mangochi Town Council Hall.

Natural regeneration - which involves allowing a dense growth of trees from seed, sprouts, or root suckers of trees on formerly occupied land – has been billed as a sustainable and effective way of restoring vegetative cover to bare lands. And the DC agrees with this.

“Unlike planted trees, the survival rate of regenerated trees is very high hence the need to adopt regeneration while still planting trees,” Chimphepo said adding that replanting of trees face a number of setbacks specifically the low survival rate.  

He said Mangochi has experienced several disasters in the past due to deforestation.

Among other things, the full council meeting also discussed the introduction of a Drought Recovery and Resilience Project (DRRP), which will be implemented in the district to cushion the impact of disaster shocks.

The project is expected to be implemented in areas where people were heavily affected by the 2015/16 disasters.

“It will mainly focus on both immediate impacts of the drought, medium term and sustainable recovery and drought resilience,” Chimphepo said.

The DRRP targets 200,000 people in 24 districts that were affected by disasters in 2015/16, including Mangochi.

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