EAM in tree planting exercise in Karonga
Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) says there is need for concerted efforts in conserving the environment to avert some of disasters and reduce impact of climate change on people.
EAM’s Project Coordinator, Dumisani Nungu was speaking Thursday during a tree planting exercise at Mwenilondo in Karonga.
Nungu said the initiative gears at contributing towards environmental conservation thereby creating resilience among people of the area amidst climate change.
"The government is doing all it can to conserve the environment, but we cannot leave this job to government alone. It’s everyone’s role to ensure that the environment is protected from degradation,” Nungu said.
He said it is pathetic that some of the disasters which the country experiences these days are as a result of failing to conserve the environment by wanton cutting down of trees for charcoal production and bad agricultural practices such cultivating along river banks.
Assistant District Forestry Officer for Karonga, Kingston Tembo thanked EAM for the initiative saying it will go a long way in reducing effects of climate change in the area and the country at large.
"Let me take this opportunity of asking traditional leaders to take a leading role in civic educating their subjects on the importance of taking care of the environment. Let us these newly planted tree from our live stock which can graze on them,” Tembo said.
Group Village Head Mwangolera said Karonga is one of the districts that are prone to disasters such as floods, hence the need to jealously safe guard the environment.
EAM with financial support from Norwegian Church and Danish Church Aid planted 5,000 seedlings during the exercise.