Ministry of Forestry commends one-cup-one-tree initiative

Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo and Michael Usi Minister responsible for Tourism, Culture and Wildlife toured Ntchisi Forestry Reserve on Tuesday to appreciate tourism and environment conservation activities. During the tour, the two ministers had an in-depth interaction with community members taking part in the conservation of rain forests in the district. During the tour, the Ministers applauded a One-Cup-One-Tree initiative by Ntchisi Forest Lodge and German government where coffee customers across designated restaurants in Germany contribute 10 Cents each towards the management of the reserve. Tembo said the initiative is helping is helping to conserve the forest. The Ministers admire a tree seedling nursery “We are thankful to Germany government for this one cup one tree initiative that is keeping this forest reserve alive. Without the initiative, we couldn’t see the forest reaching this stage, keep doing the great job,” said Tembo. The coffee served is grown and processed locally by communities surrounding the forest reserve with support from Germany government. In his remarks, Germany Ambassador to Malawi Jurgen Borsch said the initiative has already started bearing fruits by supporting afforestation interventions involving communities surrounding the reserve. “The beauty of this forest reserve is an indication that the initiative one cup one tree has now started bearing fruits that in turn will help people from the communities surrounding the reserve. We are looking forward into embarking on more initiatives towards the restoration of forests in Malawi,” said Borsch. Tim Bellack, a German National who runs Ntchisi Forest Lodge which is found inside Ntchisi Forest Reserve spearheads afforestation programs in the area through various initiatives including the One-Cup-One-Tree. The One-Cup-One-Tree initiative has seen over 150, 000 tree seedlings planted in the district. Sharing is Caring!

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