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K25.7 million grants to aid afforestation efforts

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The Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (Meet) has given out grants worth K25.7 million to three community organisations to help efforts to repair damaged forests.

Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony in Blantyre, Deputy Chairperson of the Trust, Christopher Mwambene, said the support is to complement efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change arising from environmental degradation.

“I know it is a big challenge to restore the damaged forest cover, but we hope this money will make a difference,” he said.

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Mwambene added that the organisation received nine applications but only three projects received funding.

“We expect communities to benefit from the activities and also to be mentored in environmental conservation which they can still practice even when there is no funding,” he said.

Executive Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Community Development, Blackson Mwale,thanked the trust for the funding assuring transparency and accountability in the implementation of the projects.

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“Before receiving these grants, we have been trained in management of the funds and we will follow all necessary procedures,” he said.

Meet disburses small grants to government and non-governmental organisations who are working in environmental conservation and management interventions.

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