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Norwegian Church Aid calls for trees protection

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Country Director for Norwegian Church Aid, Stein Villumstad, has called on people in the country to take care of trees that are planted during the tree planting season.

Villumstad said using resources in tree planting is important but protecting them is paramount in ensuring survival.

“You have to protect the trees you are planting. I have talked to some forestry officials and most of them say the problem is that they plant trees at the same place year in, year out. It is not productive for us to continue using resources for the same place every year,” Villumstad said.

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Speaking when Nkhoma Synod of the Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) carried out a tree-planting exercise in Lilongwe’s Mitundu area over the weekend, Villumstad said using their large following, churches are better placed for efficiency in tree planting and protection.

Senior Clerk for Nkhoma Synod Reverend Archwells Katani said church members have a task to take care of the environment and assured Villumstad that every tree planted is protected.

“We are stewards of what God created and we promise to do the needful,” Katani said.

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Government institutions, non-governmental organisations and companies have been implementing tree planting exercises for many years but survival rates of the planted trees remain low.

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