The Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) is working with Tasamalidwa Radio Listening Club and other committees around Matokora forest in implementing the Matokora Reforestation Project. The Project is funded by the Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust (MEET).
Tasamalidwa Radio Listening Club is one of the clubs established by the Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU), a semi-autonomous, non-profit unit of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation. The club was formed in 2010 and it is based in Chiradzulu district and has 12 representatives from 15 villages. At first, the club was formed with an aim of tackling issues associated with HIV and AIDS. However, because of various environmental challenges happening in their community, the club diversified its focus to undertake for various environmental initiatives in the area. The club members together with Matokora Forest Committee, Village Development and Community, Policing Committees have been involved in a number of environmental activities including establishing tree nurseries in preparation for the next tree planting season. Matokora forest covers 120 hectares of land. To date, the committees have planted trees in the forest area covering 25 hectares of land. The committees have been mobilizing resources at local level for implementation of their activities.
To expand their scope further, Matokora forest committees with support from DBU developed a proposal seeking for funding from Malawi Environment Endowment Trust (MEET). The proposal was successful and now MEET has granted the communities around Matokora forest funding to promote tree planting and management of the forest.
The project is implemented in Group Village Headman Malika under Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu district. The villages that are taking part in this project include:Malika, Malikampenya, Lukongolo, Ngumwiche, Katoleza, Malindi 1, Useni, Likalawe, Kanjuchi, Mataka, Nangaonde, Kamwendo, Mkwita, Lupinga, and Matandika village The main goal of the project is to mitigate effects of climate change by promoting sustainable conservation and management of natural resources. Through this project it is expected that the area under reforestation around Matokora forest will be increased; 15 tree nurseries established (one in each village); 300,000 trees planted by 2017; management by-laws established and enforced; capacity of communities in natural resources management will be enhanced and capacity of communities in bee keeping enhanced by 2017. The project will run from July 2015 to September, 2017 for a period of 24 months.