Sangwani Phiri, spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining told MBC that the Forest Policy has just been adopted and necessary amendment to the policy are in progress.
“We are making some final amendments to the policy and at the same time we are about to send it to the editorial team for final editorial work. We expect to have 500 copies of this new policy for distribution to various stakeholders including the media,” said Phiri.
According to him, funds for the printing exercise are available.
“At least we have made some good changes and amendments to the policy to work quite effectively and other elements which are important to the survival and sustainability of the major forests or plantations owned by government and those not owned by the government because the general policy is that of management of forestry activities in Malawi,” asserted Phiri.
Phiri also said although the new policy is containing old penalties, offenders will now be fined K200,000.
The new adopted 2016 Forest Policy replaces the one which was adopted in 1996 to address deforestation and related challenges in the country.