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Total Land Care advocates strong leadership forest management

Total Land Care (TLC) has said having strong leadership in the management and protection of community forests is key to preserving indigenous forests

TLC Executive Director, Trent Bunderson, said, apart from forest regeneration, the country should adopt the formulation of by-laws as a mechanism for restoring and

protecting indigenous forests, especially those that are used for multiple reasons..

“Strong leadership from the T/A [Traditional Authority] level up to the village level, coupled with [the establishment of] by laws can bring a change in the management of forests. We are promoting natural regeneration, which is one way of helping communities bring back indigenous forests [that are used] for multiple reasons. Unlike planting trees that have limited use, indigenous forests provide a number of benefits,” Bunderson said

TLC on Friday launched a tree planting exercise in Mwansambo Village in the area of Senior Chief Khombedza in Salima.

Bunderson further said ensuring survival of the planted species of tree is also critical to restoring forest cover.

Salima District Council Chairperson, Richard Chiunjiza, said authorities would soon embark on an exercise aimed at ascertaining the number of trees that will survive after being planted during the national tree planting season.

“We want to know the level of tree survival in the district. We would also like to know if by-laws that have been put in place in some areas are effective. We shall commence the exercise soon,” Chiunjiza said.

Senior Chief Khombedza urged communities to establish household woodlots that can help them meet the needs of small household chores.

According to TLC Executive Director, the organisation has planted 18 million trees in the country, covering an estimated 15,000 hectares of land.

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