All women affair in climate change fight

The undulating and green covered Nyika plateau has been a source of all-year round waters flowing into rivers for use by communities living at its foot and beyond. Most of these communities are farmers. Interestingly, the women farmers in the area are now breaking gender barriers to take Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) interventions, thanks to…

African Union’s development arm, Nepad on April 10 held its second communication and advocacy platform in South Africa. Nepad is championing, ‘The Africa We Want’ through Agenda 2063 lens—the continent’s strategic framework for socio-economic transformation over a period of 50 years. At the gathering attended by participants from across the continent, youth essay contest winners…

Aflatoxins are natural poisons produced when certain mould species namely; (Aspergillus avus and Aspergillus parasiticus) grow on foods.  They are often detected during the pre-harvest, harvesting, handling, storage, processing and transport stages of the food value chain if conditions are favourable. Malawi loses an estimated K23 billion in rejected export trade annually due to produce…

Alinafe Kaudzu is technical coordinator for the Conservation Sustainable Management of the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve (Cosma DFR) which is being supported by Japanese International Cooperation (Jica), Lilongwe Water Board in partnership with the Forestry Department to restore the critical catchments in the reserve.  This ecosystem provides a lifeline for capital city residents through supply of…

Firms urged to plough back to conservation

  The Department of Forestry has urged Lilongwe-based firms to take an active role in the management and conservation of forests, especially Dzalanyama, which is the source of water for the city. Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining director of forestry Clement Chilima said this on Wednesday during the Forest and Tree Management Seminar…

Drone technology to aid urban planning

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) popularly known as drones can help countries such as Malawi to plan cities better. The small aircrafts can be flown to capture data in specific locations or sent to drop items. Speaking in Zomba during the AfriCity status two-day drone technology training programme attended by various experts linked to urban planning,…

Let’s work together to conserve forests—DOF

Government in partnership with the project of the Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve (Cosma-DFR) Tuesday took a cost benefit analysis in Lilongwe ahead of 2019 tree planting season by reflecting on investments made and survival rate of species of trees planted. This was done during the Forest and Tree Management Seminar…

Govt launches fight against invasive species

The Environmental Affairs Department in the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources and Environment on Tuesday took the first major nationwide bold step using a multifaceted approach to curb widespread of invasive alien species in protected areas and other adjoining ecosystems. Enhancing sustainability of protected areas and stabilising agro production in adjoining  areas through improved invasive…

Malawi to host African Regional Centres of Expertise summit

Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, will from 8 to 10 August host the Eight African Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) conference. The conference pools together experts from diverse institutions who promote education for sustainable development (ESD) with the agenda to help solve environmental challenges affecting education development on the continent.…

Duke backs war on wildlife crime

Not long ago, Malawi was southern Africa’s main transit route for wildlife criminals due to weak laws. Then, convicted poachers and traffickers walked free after paying fines of just about K30 000. Not any longer. The amendment of the Wildlife Act in 2016 has earned the country global praise, thanks to swift response and stiff…

Efforts to tackle Dzalanyama degradation

In this final part of the series on Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, our contributor CHARLES MKOKA looks at the collective efforts by stakeholders to remedy forest depletion in Dzalanyama. Due to illegal and wanton cutting down of trees mainly, for charcoal production, Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Lilongwe has lost most of its species abundance and distribution…