• Forest Policy
  • National Charcoal Strategy
  • National forest Landscape Restoration strategy

Forestry Policies

Forest Policy

The goal of the National Forest Policy is to improve provision of forest goods and services to contribute towards sustainable development of Malawi through protection and conservation of forest resources. The policy aspires to control deforestation and forest degradation. . The policy promotes strategies that will contribute to increased forest cover by 2% from the current 28% to 30% by 2021, and sustainable management of existing forest resources.

National Charcoal Strategy

The goal of the National Charcoal Strategy (NCS) is to provide a framework to address the linked problems of increased deforestation and increased demand for household cooking fuel, with defined and prioritized short-term, mediumterm and long-term actions. Aligned with the Forestry Policy (2016), Forestry Act (1997), Energy Policy (2003), draft National Energy Policy (2016), Energy Act (2004), and the Climate Change Policy (2016), the NCS supports Government’s objectives to arrest and reverse deforestation and forest degradation and to reduce energy
overdependence on solid biomass fuels. Download the whole document here

National forest Landscape Restoration strategy

Malawi requires a restoration movement and a “whole of government approach”—one that is led by farmers, communities, entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs and extension workers, and government officials responsible for agriculture, forestry, finance, planning, and rural development among others. The National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy presents us with an opportunity to tackle two key obstacles in our fight against the impacts of climate change, poverty, food insecurity and water
shortages—the deforestation and degradation of landscapes. In the last 10 years, Malawi has experienced an increased intensity of disasters induced by climate change that has outpaced the government’s and population’s capacity to cope. Coupled with the climate change effects, land degradation has led to food insecurity, biodiversity loss, reduced availability of clean water and increased vulnerability of affected areas and their populations to climate change across the country. Download the whole document here

The NCS has been developed through a highly consultative process with national, regional, district and local community stakeholders. It also draws on previous research, experiences and innovations from Malawi, and lessons learned from other countries. The NCS recognizes that the linked charcoal and energy challenges are complex
and no single solution exists. With this recognition the NCS reflects a holistic governmentwide approach that addresses the linked problems from both supply and demand. The development of the NCS utilized an evidenced-based approach to ensure that the strategy builds on past experiences, successes and failures, from Malawi and
more broadly across sub-Saharan Africa



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