As the world commemorates World Conservation Day, Movement for Environmental Action (MEA) has engaged newly appointed minister of forestry and Environment on how they can work together to protect environment in Malawi.
Speaking after interface meeting in Lilongwe, interim leader of the Movement Mathews Malata, highlighted a number of actions that government and all stakeholders in environmental conservation must take in order to make Malawi green.
“We discussed issues to do with catchment protection and management, operationalization of environment fund and carbon tax/levy and Malawi Environmental protection Agency(MEPA), among others”, Malata said.
Malata further reminded the minister that there are a number of issues like plastic ban; carbon levy and turning of Njamba park in Blantyre into a stadium that the grouping said need to be looked into for the sake of protecting the environment.
In her remarks, ministry of environment nature and forestry Nancy Tembo commended Malawi Environmental Protection Agency MEA for the curtsy call adding the discussion was fruitful as it had revealed issues that otherwise would have been forgotten such as implementation of MEPA which is not operational.
Tembo said the ministry will enforce existing laws to protect environment and urged all Malawians to take part in protecting environment by reporting to authorities companies and individual involved in damaging environment.
Meanwhile, environmental analyst Save Kumwenda has urged people to conserve environment in order to protect themselves from diseases that come when environment is disturbed.
This remark has come as Malawi with the least of the world commemorates World Conservation Day which falls on 28 July each year.
Commenting, the Polytechnic based Environmental science lecturer Save Kumwenda said human beings are facing a lot of challenges to combat some diseases because nature has been disturbed hence attacks in form of pandemics.
Kumwenda therefore called upon every Malawian to conserve nature adding it is the responsibility of everyone.
On this note, Kumwenda encouraged the ministry of environment nature and forestry to enforce laws that would help to conserve nature in Malawi.
The World Conservation Day is celebrated globally to increase awareness about the best practices to protect natural resources.