The World Vision says taking care of trees and forests is not the duty of the Forestry Department alone.
Chiradzulu World Vision (WV) cluster manager Ben Chikaipa said this on Wednesday during the launch of the district tree planting season at Nyungwe Primary School in Traditional Authority Mpama.
Said Chikaipa: “Malawians must strive to take care of the trees and forests that we already have and keep on planting more trees to protect our environment.”
He said the district is expected to plant at least 8 000 indigenous trees during the season.
Southern Region assistant regional forestry officer Stanley Malakamu said the season enables communities to replace trees that were wiped out due to deforestation and other activities.
“Because of the way trees have been depleted in our country, we are experiencing the effects of climate change every now and then and there is a need to plant more trees every year,” he said.