On Wednesday 3rd June, 2021, the Minister of forestry and Natural Resources Honourable Nancy Tembo, MP and the United Nations Development Program ( UDP) Resident Representative Shigeki Komatsubara held a ground breaking ceremony to launch Greenheart Project at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Lilongwe
The project is expected to enhance Urban biodiversity and boost environmental education.
Speaking at the ceremony, the UNDP resident representative to Malawi Shigeki Komatsubara said the country has potential of sustaining livehoods through everyone’s participation in restoration of ecology.
Komatsubara said saving and protecting the environment is also saving and protecting the people’s livehoods and open new window for growth through creating jobs, income and stable livehoods.
“UNDP is working with good environment management and the country should take advantage of 5 June which is World Environment Day in embarking for the restoration of ecology as it is a win win initiative to the country,” Said Kumatsubara.
Making her remarks, Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Hon.Nancy Tembo who was the guest of honour for the ceremonythanked Lilongwe Wildlife Centre for taking care of the place as it was in government vision when declaring Lilongwe to become a city of making it a tourist attraction centre.
She said government is happy with the project as it will help people to understand the need for ecosystem restoration.
Tembo also toured Lingadzi river which she said it is sad to see the river bank full of plastic bottles,bags and other solid materials which is too much use of plastic materials and poor waste disposaltherefore, urged the general public to behavior and adopt positive habits such as reducing, reusing, recycling of waste and limit the use of plastics.
On his part, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust Manager Ian D’hEygeres said environmental protection is the priority well-being of nature hence thanked partners for third support to construct Education Centre,animal clinic and accommodation for tourists which will help Continuing Education programs for students, general public, tourists and young graduates working in conservation ofenvironment and wildlife.
The function was held in preparation for World Environment Day which falls on 5 June and this year is being celebrated under the theme“ Ecosystem Restoration“.