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Mulanje Mountain - one of affected tourist attractions

Massive Deforestation posing threat to Malawi’s Tourism

Mulanje Mountain - one of affected tourist attractions
Mulanje Mountain – one of affected tourist attractions

As the country is struggling to find other sources of earning foreign earnings apart from tobacco the country’s tourism industry is also under threat due to massive deforestation which rampant in most areas.

Most mountains, game reserves and national parks are under threat by people who are cutting trees for charcoal and in search for land for land for settlement.

Tourism is regarded as the World’s number one employer with over 600 million people traveling internationally.

Malawi has a long way to go because of the threat posing to our places of attractions such as mountains, lakes and other places of attraction.

Mulanje Mountain which is one of the highest mountains in East Africa is also facing the same challenge.

Maybe the people of Mulanje and other parts of the country should emulate what African Parks has done in Chikwawa by partnering with Majete Game Reserve as well as surrounding communities in protecting the Game Reserve.

We must all face the fact that the short term gains of fuel-wood and charcoal availability are sooner over shadowed by the complete deprivation as well as surrounding communities in protecting the Game Reserve.

We must all face the fact that the short term gains of fuel-wood and charcoal availability are sooner over shadowed by the complete deprivation of extensive range of resources and services that our mountains traditionally offers.

Deforestation in Chikangawa
Deforestation in Chikangawa

Bare hills stand testament to a tragic that we are all accountable for it if we do not choose to actively work together to counter and reverse this process of destruction.

In a related development Malawi Tourism Council Executive Director Rosebil Satha Sambo said Malawi tourism sector requires diversity and seriousness by the people themselves if it is to realize its potential growth.

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