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Malawi Need Huge Investment In Landscape Restoration

KANGO'MA, LILONGWE, Malawi 3rd April, 2022 (AEJ) - FDH Bank part of a diversified investments and solutions under the FDH Financial Holdings Limited and Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) have reiterated a need for sustained partnerships and scale-up investments in ecosystem restoration of the country's degraded landscapes.

Senior representatives from two institutions were speaking at the end of a tree planting exercise and climate justice awareness outreach campaign that took place at Kang'oma Primary School, 30 Kilometers away on the outskirts of Lilongwe City.

FDH Bank's Senior Manager responsible for Corporate and Institutional Banking, Damiano Chimwala, commended AEJ for the relentless efforts in getting messages across to the public and demonstrating best practices in as far reafforestation efforts are concerned. Chimwala explained that FDH as an authorized dealer bank was moved to donate 30 thousand tree seedlings to AEJ because of the grouping commitment and consistency on matters of environmental conservation. The tree seedlings were officially handed over at the same event, but planting started in earnest two weeks ago. ''The bank's green initiative, launched last week, seeks to plant one million trees countrywide. We are excited to partner with AEJ in the realization of this important green goal." Chimwala was also pleased with the active participation of the youth in AEJ's afforestation awareness campaign.

Less talk more action is what we need NOW

“Young people are not only in majority, but also effective at developing the latest innovations which can help Malawi accelerate both adaptation and mitigation programs at different levels. As a bank, we stand ready to partner with young entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas that can be translated into effective home - grown solutions to the ongoing climate crisis," Chimwala made the revelation to the crowd that graced the occasion. AEJ's President, Mathews Malata assured the gathering that strong monitoring measures have been put in place to ensure the planted seedlings are well looked after. Malata also pleaded with the bank to seriously consider supporting young green innovators with brilliant ideas but are unable to scale up landscape related interventions due to financial limitations. Malata said: " Private sector involvement in environmental conservation has been very low. We think the FDH green initiative is one of the many private sectors led initiatives, we need to sustain as a country."

According to Malata, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which comprise a team of scientific experts’ reports call for action on climate actions now to avert the crisis. It will be very hard to leave anyone behind, observed Malata during the event. Ministry of Education, Teacher Development Centre In-Charge for Kang'oma Zone pledged to work with the students in caring for the trees, especially by watering them, considering that the rains will soon will wrapping up.

Over 400 trees were planted within the school's premises, and 100 students were given their own mango tree seedlings as a gift to plant in their respective homestead. Other the tree planting, AEJ also conducted a short quiz on the importance of tree planting as part of the climate justice campaign. A climate justice trophy was also up for grabs between Eastgate and Horizon rangers, two rival football teams in the area that attracted crowds that benefitted from the conservation messages.

Eastgate won the trophy after scoring a single goal during the first half and two more in the second half of the game. Football jerseys were donated to both teams’ courtesy of environmental activist Afshan Omar who also bought the trophy.

Some learners receive a Mango seedling to plant at home

Last week, the Department of Forestry confirmed that over 34 million trees have been planted since the start of the 2021/2022 national forestry season whose theme is, “Healthy Trees, Forests, Economy and People.

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