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NGO TOUTS PARTICIPATORY VILLAGE FOREST PLANS

One of the MCA-Malawi’s grantees under the ENRM Project, Training Support for Partners (TSP), has heaped praises on the development and implementation of the management plans for clans’ forest areas in its catchment area in Ntcheu District. According to TSP, the plans have helped conserve natural forest in the area. TSP, with support from traditional leaders, developed five management plans for five villages surrounding a 29.9 hectare Bemvu Hill. Following the development of five plan for each village, TSP says more indigenous forest areas under clans are highly protected as management of these forest is very strict by the owners. ”We have seen that even bush fires have not occurred for the past two years in some of forest areas and this is because of strict management of forests,” says TSP’s Charles Mankhokwe. He said wild fruits such as Mpinjipinji, Mpoza (Annona Senegalensis) are being allowed to flower and bear fruits as opposed to the past when flowers would be burnt by wild fires.Overall, over 50 clans have identified and demarcated forest areas for conservation and management. That aside, By-laws have been developed and signed by Ntcheu District Commissioner (DC), making them legally enforceable.