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MANGOCHI COMMUNITIES MAKE OATH TO PROMOTE NATURAL FOREST REGENERATION

In an effort to improve electricity generation through reduced sedimentation in Shire River, communities in Mangochi district, led by their traditional leaders, have officially made a vow to enhance natural forest regeneration and planted vegetation in their respective areas.

The vow follows a successful signing ceremony of Village Forest Management Plans (VFMPs) on Tuesday July 25, 2017 by Assemblies of God Care (AG Care) at Majuni Primary School, situated in Senior Chief Jalasi in the district.

Among others, the plans contain norms, by- laws and penalties that are expected to enhance natural forest regeneration since vegetative ground cover significantly reduces soil erosion and sedimentation.

AG Care, in partnership with the Social Economic Enhancement and Enterprise Development (SEEED), with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) through Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-Malawi), is implementing a project on Enhancing Livelihoods and Resilience of Households in Lingamasa Catchment Area of Upper Shire River Basin in Mangochi.

 The FMPs were developed in a participatory manner by community members from all the target villages, spearheaded by the existing community structures in the six Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Majuni Area Development Committee (ADC).

The six VDCs are Balakasi, Nkata, Malekano, Kabuthu, Mchenga and Idrissu in the lake shore district.

AG Care project staff in collaboration with Forestry Department and other relevant stakeholders worked with community leaders and facilitated Forest Management Plans to enhance Natural Forest Regeneration Areas.

The representative of Mangochi District Commissioner (DC) Mr. Kadzokoya, Mangochi District Forest Officer Fidelis Nthenda, Senior Chief Jalasi as well as chairpersons of Village Natural Resource Management Committees (VNRMC), publicly signed the plan documents during a colourful signing ceremony, spiced with traditional dances and other forms of entertainment.

Also in attendance was Member of Parliament (MP) for the area Rashid Pemba; Mangochi First Grade Magistrate and Mangochi Police Officer-In-Charge, among other representatives of various invited organizations.

AG Care is among the eleven grantees of MCA-Malawi’s Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) project and the Social and Gender Enhancement Fund (SGEF) aimed at addressing the dual challenges of increased sedimentation and weed infestation in the Shire River Basin.

 

A chairlady of a Village Natural Resource Management Commitee captured signing the documents

 

A Group Village Headman captured pending his signature to the Village Forest Management Plans

 

Drama also formed part of the ceremony

 

These old women also spiced up the colurful signing ceremony with their traditional dance