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Traditional leaders crucial in protecting forest reserves, Senior Chief Malemia

Written by  Martin Chiwanda
It our obligation to protect trees and natural resources-Malemia It our obligation to protect trees and natural resources-Malemia

Nsanje, June 13: Nsanje’s Senior Chief Malemia has stressed on the need for traditional leaders to take a leading role in protecting forest reserves to avoid depletion of natural resources.

The Senior Chief made the remarks Monday during district’s Local Forestry Management Board (LFMB) which oversees management of the Matandwe Forest Reserve.

“As traditional leaders, we have a crucial role in making sure that forests are protected from depletion.

We need to be vigilant and coordinate with the forest management board and forestry department so that the forest reserves should be sustained.

“It is my wish as a Senior Chief to ensure that everyone in the district is meeting his or her obligation in ensuring that trees and other natural resources are being protected,” said the Senior Chief.

He then revealed in the LFMB meeting that he had suspended one of the Forest Management Block chairpersons after noting that he was encouraging encroachment into the Matandwe forest reserves which he said traditional leaders needed to emulate.

“As a Senior Chief, I have tried all I could to make sure that natural resources are protected at all times".

" To that end I do visit charcoal making hot spots around my area of jurisdiction so that I appreciate the situation, and this has assisted me in the fight against the vice,” revealed the Senior Chief.

On precious resources that Matandwe forest reserve has, Senior Chief Malemia said he would lead a team from Trans Globe Produce Limited to discuss the price of a product called Thabalaba which is found in the reserve so that the community managing the reserve should benefit from it.

Southern Region Deputy Forestry Officer, Cecelia Chauluka who was present during the meeting, applauded the Senior Chief and the LFMB for continued efforts in making sure that the forest reserve is protected from encroachment.

She said Nsanje LFMB is very vibrant as compared to other districts. “I must admit here that this board is very vibrant.

Every time you are holding your meetings please do invite us to appreciate what you are doing,” said Chauluka.

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