Albarakah Charity Trust has trained sheikhs from Balaka and Mangochi districts on forestry.
Speaking before the presentation of certificates to the sheikhs the director of administration at Assalam Complex Sheikh Abdullah Balla said the training was initiated after observing that human behaviors are contributing to climate change.
Speaking to radio Islam after presenting the certificates Sheikh Balla said the Albarakah Charity Trust realizes the need to take part in the restoration of the environment for the country to be green and prevent natural disasters.
“The course was part of the Trust’s activity of regenerating trees lost in the forests. The sheikhs have been imparted with skills on tree and woodlot management,” Sheikh Balla explained
He said charcoal burning, molding of bricks and firewood are some of the major contributing factors to deforestation in the districts.
Commenting deputy forestry officer for Balaka James Jambo said forestry officials are few hence government needs the support of sheikhs.
Jambo said “if people in Mangochi are not seriously managing the environment they will face water crisis as is the case in Balaka where Mpira dam has dried up.”
Commenting Mangochi district forestry officer Leonard Kamangadazi commended Albarakah Charity Trust for its dedication in the conservation of the environment in the country.
“The scarcity of Chambo fish as a result of mismanagement of the ecosystem,” Kamangadazi lamented
He said authorities should enforce the by-laws aimed at protecting the environment.
Kamangadazi asked the sheikhs to impart the knowledge to the communities.