Chitipa Lions Club launches environmental conservation campaign

Chitipa Lions Club launches environmental conservation campaign
Simwaka planting a tree to mark the launch of compaign-Pic by Bishop Witmos-Mana

As a way of fighting against the effects of climate change in Chitipa, Chitipa Lions Club in corroboration with Namatubi Network Foundation, Monday launched an environmental conservation campaign in the district.

Speaking during the launch of the campaign at Chendo in Chitipa, President for Chitipa Lions Club, Sydney Simwaka said unlike in the past, it was sad to note that due to environmental degradation, the district has now started experiencing disasters such as floods, prolonged dry spells, and drought.

"In the past, we could not hear stories of flood in Chitipa as we had a huge forest cover across the district, however, due to deforestation in some parts of the district, we are now experiencing devastating effects of climate change."

Therefore, as a club, we have decided to take a step in the fight against environmental degradation through sensitizing communities on the importance of environmental conservation, participate in tree in planting in most of the bare areas," he said.

Simwaka appealed to organizations and individuals who would like to partner with the club in promoting tree planting in the district.

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Simwaka planting a tree to mark the launch of campaign-Pic by Bishop Witmos-Mana

About 650 trees were on the day planted along Kaseghe River banks which are bare due to charcoal making and agricultural activities.

Traditional Authority (TA) Mwaulambya commended the club for the initiative, saying it would go a long way in instilling environmental conservation knowledge in communities.

Mwaulambya appealed to fellow traditional leaders in the district to avoid tolerating charcoal making, as well as shifting cultivation.

“Chitipa Lions Club was launched a few months ago and it is exciting that they are already on the ground delivering servi9ces to the community," he said.

According to District Forest Officer for Chitipa, Sitwell Banda, the district intends to plant 1.4 million trees during the 2021/22 tree planting season.