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On Tuesday, February 07, Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann and the EU Delegation staff, in collaboration with EU Forestry Project implementers; World Agro Forestry Centre, World Vision Malawi and United Purpose (Concern Universal) together with the Department of Forestry and the Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi, joined Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza and the community in Bembeke to plant 4000 trees.
On 25 January, President Peter Mutharika launched this year's tree planting season with a call to Malawians to plant and protect trees. The European Union Delegation to Malawi was delighted to join the country in the tree planting exercise under the EU and DFID co-funded project called Empowering Forest Dependent Communities through commercialization of Small Scale Forestry.
Speaking at the launching ceremony the EU Ambassador to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann said that planting trees was one thing and caring for them was another, hence every Malawian should take the responsibility of taking care of the trees and ensure that every tree planted should survive. "The EU recognises the vital role the forestry sector plays in Malawi. Forests are of course necessary for the provision of daily energy needs, to almost all households in Malawi. However, the dramatic floods and droughts that thousands of Malawians experienced the last two years are just a reminder of other important roles forests perform in mitigating against such extreme climatic conditions like water catchment and soil protection" Ambassador Gerrmann added.
EU recognises the role the forests play and is confident that the tree initiative and other initiatives nationwide will assist in addressing forest degradation in Malawi.
Our special appreciation goes out to the World Agro-Forestry Centre, World Vision Malawi, Concern Universal, Government through the Department of Forestry, and the Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi for accompanying us all the way to Dedza, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza, chiefs, communities and learners from various schools around Bembeke for the joint effort and a job well done.