Malawi’s commitment to sustainable forest management showcased at UNFF 18 – Capital Radio Malawi
23 April, 2024

Malawi’s commitment to sustainable forest management showcased at UNFF 18

Gama delivered a speech at UNFCC 18

Malawi is reaffirming its commitment to promoting sustainable management of forests in a bid to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Delivering her speech at the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 18) in New York, USA, Director of Forestry, Stella Funsani Gama highlighted various initiatives implemented by Malawi, including the rehabilitation of degraded and deforested forestlands and the protection of forests.

According to Gama, Malawi has successfully implemented the National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy, National Charcoal Strategy, REDD+ Strategy, and Malawi 2063 Vision.

The UNFF 18 provides an opportunity for countries to share experiences, exchange knowledge, and strengthen partnerships towards the sustainable management, conservation, and development of all types of forests.

Mulanje Forest Reserve. Source: Department of Forestry

As a signatory to the UNFF, Malawi has been an active participant in the forum’s meetings and working sessions. The UNFF’s mandate is to promote the management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests and strengthen long-term commitments towards achieving these goals.

Malawi’s reaffirmation of its dedication to sustainable forest management is a positive step towards achieving these goals and creating a greener, more sustainable future.

According to UNFF, forests play a key role in regulating the global climate, most importantly through capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in biomass and forest soils.

In 2016, forests absorbed about 27% of the carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuels and industry, though at the same time, land-use change – primarily forest clearance for agriculture – accounted for about 12 per cent of total climate-forcing emissions.

As the largest storehouse of carbon after the oceans, forests have the potential to absorb and store about one tenth of the global anthropogenic carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products

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