Minister of Tourism Vera Kamtukule, on Friday commended efforts made by communities in Salima district aimed at enhancing environmental conservation whilst at the same time improving their livelihoods.
Kamtukule made the remarks in the area of Traditional Authority Chisamba, when she appreciated the Conservation of Natural Resources for Sustainable Economic Returns that Empower the Vulnerable to find pathways out of Poverty project.
She said that the project is helping a lot of vulnerable people and it will help the outlook of the community and attract more tourists.
“Am excited that the project is mostly being led by women, this is a great achievement. Their is no project that can run without the community and this is why the project is being a success and I do believe that the community will be able to sustain the project after it phases out,” She said.
Country Director for Tear Fund Vincent Moyo said that progress of the project has been good, as it has empowered people in reclaiming their land a move that has helped a lot of people to yield more crops.
“We are very happy seeing government taking an upper hand in the project implementation, the project has helped to improve livelihoods of communities around here as well as worldlife conservation,” he said.
The ministry has however requested Tearfund to assist with technical support for the rangers who have recently been commissioned before they are deployed to their respective protected areas.
The interventions that are being implemented by Assemblies of God Care (AGCARE) a development arm of the Malawi Assemblies of God in the Area of Traditional Authority Chisamba and Kalonga.

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