Chakwera launches Malawi Green Corps Project in Dowa

President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says the new Malawi his government is building will not only focus on progressive development and economic prosperity but also environmental sustainability.

The president made the remarks on Friday in Dowa District during the launch of 2021/2022 1 Forestry Season and Malawi Green Corps Project.

Chakwera waters the tree he just planted at Mpanda Hills in Mponela, Dowa Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

On environmental sustainability, Chakwera appealed to Malawians to take the initiative of replenishing the environment as their sacred and civic duty, saying already the country is healing from four tropical storms that hit the country in less than a year. 

“Government welcomes projects like the Malawi Green Corps because it lays the foundation of a sustainable and green recovery of the country,” he said.

“It also provides thousands of the much-needed jobs for the youth and addresses unemployment for many vulnerable people that have mostly been affected by climate change and the COVID- 19 pandemic,” Chakwera said.

Chakwera: Government welcomes the Green Corps Project

In his remarks, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Malawi, Rudolf Schwenk, said the UN remains committed to supporting the environmental management and restoration movement beyond the Malawi Green Corps Project.

“As UN family, we look forward to continued partnerships with government, development partners, civil society and private sector to support forestry management through ecosystem management and landscape restoration in other critical landscapes such as the Bua River and Lake Chirwa,” said Schwenk.

In his remarks, Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, Eisenhower Mkaka, reported that during the last forestry season, over 50 million trees were planted countrywide and the 1 tree survival rate is currently at 65 percent.

The president also unveiled the 1 Forestry Calendar and handed over tools to youth representatives of the Malawi Green Corps Project.

The Malawi Green Corps initiative, which will be implemented with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will provide short-term employment to 2,000 young men and women and rehabilitate 5,000 hectares of degraded land and forests.