LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Association of Environment Journalists (AEJ) has partnered with the regional think-tank, Leadership for Environment and Development, Southern and Eastern Africa ( LEAD – SEA) to plant trees at Bingu National Stadium in the capital Lilongwe.
The environmental media body has further engaged Lilongwe City Council with expectation to provide 2000 tree seedlings for the exercise slated for January 14, 2017.
The exercise is the organisation’s fulfillment of one of the core values of managing creation while contributing to this year’s call of National Tree Planting Season which runs from December 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017.
AEJ Secretary General Charles Mkoka told The Maravi Post that the exercise is aimed at covering the yet-to-be-inaugurated stadium with green face.
Mkoka said it was a core business of the environmental body to be part of this year’s tree planting exercise considering the role trees play to human life.
He added that other partners in the initiative will supply seedlings to be planted at the newly constructed football facility.
Concurring with Mkoka on the same, Director of Forestry Clement Chilima said afforestation was a way to go to avert effects of climate change.
Chilima therefore appealed to organizations and individuals to support this year’s tree planting season with any material particularly seedlings to the department that the exercise be done intensively across the nation.
“The Hon Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining through the department of Forestry is appealing to those who can, to engage in an afforestation or conservation activity or project in any place of their choice in Malawi during the season. Emphasis is on bare hills, degraded riverbanks and street or road sides”, said Chilima.
Bingu National Stadium (BNS) will be officially opened on January 28, 2017. The Chinese Government-funded goal-post was completed in November, 2015 which required extra-funding of MK841 million from the Malawi government’s coffers to construct a sewer line, and erect electricity connection cables.
The facility was constructed with a concessional loan from Chinese Government to the tune of US$65 million (about MK29 billion) payable in 20 years with the grace period of seven years , and the loan will be repaid at an annual interest rate of two percent.