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Forests make substantial contributions to livelihoods, jobs and the economy of Malawi. Unfortunately, over the last 40 years, more than half of the forests of Malawi have vanished, and those remaining are overexploited. This has terrible impacts on communities, their capacity to access foods, generate income and to withstand extreme weather events.
Today, the EU Ambassador to Malawi, Sandra Paesen, together with World Vision International and the community of Group Village Headman Msankhire, Traditional Authority Nthondo in Nchisi district, participated in a tree planting event with primary school students. EU has supported forestry in Malawi, protecting over 25 million trees and planting 2 million new ones. Communities are strongly committed to preserve, restore and manage their forests. Youths are in the frontline.
Trees are the past, the present and the future of the country. If we cut a tree, we are cutting our past, our present and our future. If we plant a tree, and we teach our youth to take good care of that, we are building the future of Malawi.